The advent of a new school year is the perfect time to get your homework station prepped and ready to go! A calm organized homework area will help kids stay more focused on the task at hand. Here are a few ideas to help get your very own homework area set up-and ready for action!
Selecting your location: Your homework station should be in a quiet, well lit area of the home. It should be in a place with minimal distractions; however it should be within earshot of the parent. The dining room is often a good choice, as it’s away from the busy kitchen.
Setting up the homework station: Your homework station should be equipped with pens, pencils, erasers, a sharpener, crayons, & markers. You should have scrap paper on hand for practice. A dictionary is vitally important, as well as a calculator. You may also need some rulers, protractors and other math products.
The goal is to have everything you need nearby so there isn’t a need to “go find it” while doing homework. A dry erase board and dry erase markers are also good tools to have at your work station. Be sure to check supply levels at the end of each week to make sure you are ready for the following week.
Set up some homework rules: Setting up homework rules and expectations allows your child to be accountable. These rules should be clear and concise. One idea might be to sit down with your child and develop these rules together. You can then put them in writing and have him sign his name at the bottom to show his understanding of and commitment to the rules. You may even want to post them near your homework station in case you need to remind him when he is falling off task.
I hope these tips help alleviate some of the stress that homework time can often present!
Yolanda is the mom of 3 young children in the Delaware Valley and the Founder of Team Tutor.