Give your kids an academic edge with an area that makes studying easier and more enjoyable at home
It’s hard to believe school is back in session. Now is the time to set aside a special place for the kiddos to get their homework done in peace. Here are some ideas for making homework less of a chore, more of a joy.
The breakfast table or dining table is a great place to designate as your official homework area. You can prepare dinner and keep your eyes on your little workers at the same time.
Here’s an example of an architectural nook set aside for after-school work. The space is differentiated with a different color paint than the rest of the room; it’s a room within a room.
What an amazing use of space! A large stair landing or an underutilized nook in your home can transform into the ideal homework area with a diner booth setup. The built-in bookcase is a perfect place for stashing a dictionary, a thesaurus and a good atlas.
This homework area build-out offers everything children need to get their work done: a writing surface, task lighting, a corkboard, closed storage and cushioned seating.
Do you have a spare closet that could be outfitted as a homework station? No mess, no fuss — just close the doors when the space is not in use.
Maybe your kids are easily distracted? Provide each child with a place to get his or her work done, but face them in opposite directions. This setup keeps learners focused on their own homework, rather than being visually distracted by a sibling.
Maybe you could pair your workspace with your child’s homework space. Both of you can get a little work done, but you can still be on hand for assistance and make sure your pride and joy stays on task.
Color and style make organization more attractive to children. Really. Cubbies, files and a place for their stashes make homework time and locating papers that need signing less of a burden. A simple bookcase in a corner of the kitchen or in your back hall could easily be converted to help school-goers stay organized.
Tell us: Where do your children do their homework, and how is that working for you?