When summer is going to be over soon, therefore it’s time to get ready to go back to school. And that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping. You want to make sure your kids are prepped for their best possible year. As you pick up pencils and backpacks, you might want to grab some other supplies, too. Creating a homework space in your home can help your kids thrive during this school year.
A study room maybe seems not that important. Many teens love to work on the couch with their laptops and others are often happiest working on the floor. But think about it: If you worked from home, would you want to be constantly seeking out new spaces to foster productivity, or would you want a dedicated area for your work? Your kids probably aren’t all that different. By carving out a part of the home that’s theirs for getting work done, you allow them to take ownership of their homework.
You need to create a space that your children enjoy spending time in and they’re more likely to use it. Make sure there’s plenty of light. Add pillows or throws so they can cozy up. Let them fill the space with things they love, from art and posters to their favorite books. Your kids probably don’t think homework is very cool. If you can create a cool space in which they can do it, you just might encourage them to stay on top of things.
If you want to create a successful study room, therefore you need to follow real estate principle to your own home. You don’t want to put your young kids’ desks on the opposite end of the house and find yourself running back and forth while preparing dinner. On the other hand, as your kids’ age, they might enjoy more autonomy. You know your kids best. Think through their personality types when choosing a spot for the homework zone.
Don’t underestimate the importance of clock and calendar in the study room. If your kids are old enough, encourage them to fill their calendar with upcoming field trips, events, due dates, and tests. Seeing everything they’ve got coming up can help them stay motivated.
A clock in the study room is key for younger kids who get set “homework time” each night. Having the time clearly displayed can save you an earful of, “Am I done yet?”
When your kids tend to lose an important piece of paper. You can’t avoid this entirely, but you can help your kids implement a system that makes it easier to get key papers into your hands. Set up their study area with an inbox. This should be an actual tray into which they can put permission slips, report cards, and important documents. That way, when the teacher hands them something, they can picture its journey from Point A (that moment) to Point B (their inbox).