With the school year right around the corner, the last thought on your child’s mind is doing homework again. Late summer nights of watching television will turn into study hours before dinner in a few short weeks. However, doing homework can be a little more exciting when your child has a decorated space to do it. Homework stations are the perfect way to stay organized and on track while having a bit of fun. Here are IKO Community Management’s best tips on how to create a homework station:
Personalize it. Let your child express their individuality and creativity by personalizing their homework station with pictures, drawings, trinkets or patterns. Add boxes and drawers in a color scheme that your child likes most, or suggest a theme, such as superheroes, the beach or Disney. When they feel like it is their space, they will want to spend more time there, which means more study hours without the hassle.
Put it in the proper setting. Your child’s homework station can practically go anywhere, but here are a few extra tips on getting the most out of your child’s homework station location:
- Place the desk in front of a window for some natural light. Aside from creating a healthier atmosphere, this will actually help your child with their time management skills. They will begin to recognize that when the sun goes down, they should be done their homework because there is no more light to see.
- Face your child’s homework station so they can see the door. Your child will be able to see who is popping in and out of their room or walking down the hallway, which will make them feel less isolated while they finish their work.
- Make the space mobile. A change of scenery is good for your child even if it’s from their bedroom to the kitchen table. Purchase a supply caddy or carousel for pens, pencils, crayons, scissors, and whatever else they need. You can even create a DIY project out of it by using mason jars, empty cereal boxes or Tupperware. Any of these options will provide easy clean up, movement and storage.
- Make sure there is enough room to spread out. Kids enjoy having a lot of space to move around, so avoid buying a desk that is too narrow or putting their station in a crowded space.
Hang some inspiration. No one likes to do homework, but to keep your child motivated and focused, try tacking up some posters with inspirational quotes. For a more inexpensive option, explore Pinterest for DIY poster ideas. If posters are a little cheesy, hang up your child’s good grades. Seeing their outstanding work will drive them to do even better on the next project.
Keep it organized. Clutter can stress your child out. Ask them to clean and organize their homework station daily. This includes unpacking their backpack, throwing away all unnecessary papers and cleaning out their utensil pouch of all broken or useless belongings. To make organization even simpler, you can purchase a small, inexpensive filing cabinet or reuse a shoe door organizer for excess school supplies. The more organized your child’s workspace is, the less they will be stressed about actually getting their homework done.
As the summer nears its end, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming school year. Start with creating a homework station that your child wants to be at after the bell. Let them personalize and organize it to their style and liking with pictures, posters, paint and even some outstanding assignments. From all of us at IKO Community Management, have a great school year!