After a short, well deserved break, I am happy to be back brimming with ideas and inspiration for your home! For many of us, this week marks a return to school, college and nursery. To get this school year off to a great and successful start, I have decided to dedicate the post this week to creating a useful and inspirational homework area in your home. A special place where your kids can do their homework will make studying easier, more productive and hopefully, less of a chore.
Homework at the Kitchen Table
Your house size and limitations as well as the age of your children will determine the scope and nature of the homework area that you can design. Younger children often require assistance as well as encouragement and support, the ideal spot for them to do their homework is at the kitchen or dining room table. This way, the parents can tend to dinner and still be available to provide any assistance that is needed at the same time. As well as some space at the table, some cute accessories can make homework a lot more fun. Set aside a special container with a selection of school supplies and to help create a work zone feeling, place a pegboard or bulletin board on the wall by the homework area where both you and your kids can keep track of their school schedule.
A Purpose Built Homework Area
Even if you only have a small nook under the stairs or in your own home office, a purpose area set aside for homework is an ideal way for your children to get their work done. To help your child focus and stay motivated, it is important to provide adequate lighting, comfortable seating and a space for them to store their books as well as essentials such as a dictionary and writing supplies. As well as the overhead lighting that is already available, provide each child with a desk lamp. Although a specially designed desk chair is ideal, especially for older kids who will (hopefully) be spending extended amounts of time at their workstation, any comfortable chair will do. Do not forget that any modern day work space will also need plenty of electrical outlets for all of the devices that are an integral part of our children’s learning experience.
Get Your Child Involved
The best way to ensure that your child actually makes use of their homework area is to let them get involved in planning it. This may mean choosing the color on the walls or of the table or having a say in the organization of the area by picking out the cubbies, storage boxes or even a fun memo board. School work can be educational and fun, especially if you have a great place to study!