Heading back to school often means the dreaded return of battles over homework and staying organized. While there are many ways to help children develop self-discipline with their homework when they’re young, one way to motivate them is by creating a comfortable and inviting space where they can remain focused and stress-free.
You don’t necessarily need a lot of space or a dedicated room for a homework station. It can be a desk in your child’s room, the kitchen table or an area in a hallway. Wherever it is, here are five ways to ensure it’s a well-organized space conducive to getting work done.
- Stock up on Supplies
Make sure you stock up on all the essential supplies, including pencils, pens, erasers, paper, crayons, markers and a calculator. This will prevent the all-too-often frantic search for supplies before tackling homework.
- Limit Distractions
Do your best to reduce all visual and auditory distractions by turning off televisions and keeping the area free of electronic devices and toys. Keep younger siblings, especially babies, out of the homework area, or better yet, try to locate the station away from the main living area where it’s more quiet.
- Adequate Light
Good lighting is important whether your children are doing homework or creating a masterpiece. Choose a space near a window for natural light or provide a desk lamp or overhead lighting so your child doesn’t have to strain to see their work!
- Avoid Clutter
Keep only necessary items on your child’s desk/table while they’re doing their homework, and establish an organization system for their school supplies, so everything can be found without a desperate search and returned to its proper place when homework is finished.
- Display Artwork and Keepsakes
Decorate and personalize the station. Celebrate your child’s successes by displaying some of their special artwork, assignments and awards to make them feel proud and motivate them to continue working hard.