Now that school has started, are your kids in a good homework/study routine? Creating a special study space whether you homeschool or your kids have homework from their day in the classroom, is a fantastic way to encourage better study habits in your children. It also keeps the home organized and the kids engaged in their work away from a communal area that you will need after school (such as the kitchen table).
A kid’s space is a little different than an adult home office space. So, here are some tips to help you set up a kid friendly study space or homework station in your home.
1. Find the ideal space.
There isn’t any one perfect place for a kid friendly homework station; it will depend entirely on your family’s lifestyle and the particular child.
- Does your child need very little distractions?
- Does your child require assistance from you or regular monitoring?
- Does your child need the use of a computer or other electronic devices?
- Will the area be a place the family needs in the evening requiring the child to move (example kitchen or dining room table)?
- Is there an unused home space/corner that could be converted to a child’s study space such as a corner in the living room, dining room, sunroom, loft, or basement?
Now that you have the space in mind…
2. Start with the basics: A desk, chair and a blank wall.
All you really need in order to create a basic homework station are a table or desk, a comfortable chair which promotes good study posture, and a free wall. Do you have more than one child to set up a space for? Using a small bookcase for books and extra storage between two small desks works well as a divider for private areas.
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3. Next: Add color.
Once you have the desk/table and chairs chosen, it’s a good time to start thinking about color. Making your child’s homework station colorful will make it more inviting and a fun place to work. It could even inspire creativity. Keep it simple but add a pop of their favorite colors. You might paint the table or chair a bright color, or incorporate colorful accents and desk supplies. (Side note: If this space is to be in a main area of your home and you are looking for more colors that compliment your existing decor while shopping for a new desk, chair, accessories, or paint colors you may find this color wheel helpful.)
4. Time to get organized.
It’s important to create some organization at your child’s homework station from the beginning to start building in great study habits. You might, for example, designate a shelf for your child’s textbooks and study aids. You might also include a dry erase board on the wall for writing in daily assignments and long-term projects. Think through keeping cords contained and out of sight. File folders, bins, pencil cups, and hooks for backpacks can also help round out the space and a great way to pop that color into the setting as mentioned earlier.
5. Stock up on essentials.
As you’re beginning to organize your child’s study space, think through what your child usually needs when studying or working on class projects. Here is a brief list of the most common essentials for a homework station:
- Pencils and pens
- Erasers and correction tape
- Colored pens and highlighters
- Colored pencils, crayons, and markers
- Paper clips and a stapler
- Lined loose-leaf paper
- Blank copy paper
6. Add the extra decor, if desired.
And lastly, to make the area cheerful and encouraging for your child add decor. Maybe a small wall canvas of a quote or a photo of a happy memory for them, or something from their favorite sports team or hobby.
Let me encourage you...
Setting up a child’s special place to study just takes a little creativity but can be very affordable. Involve your child as you put it all together and the experience of making a study area will become something they remember and a place they look forward to coming to every day. The more you involve your kid in creating this space the more they will want to keep it neat and tidy and look forward to using it.
As you put this area to together, let me suggest you take some before and after pictures and tell them that this is where their future as a leader and world changer begins! Take one every year as you change it up so they can see how their interests in color and organization change over time. But always tell them that this is where “it all begins!”. 🙂
And surprise them every once in a while with a piece of candy and a note hidden somewhere encouraging them to study hard and persevere towards good grades. If candy isn’t an option, a sweet note is really what they will remember. You may be surprised to learn one day that they saved all those little notes.
Now go be that super parent and make this year great! I’m cheering you on… as always.
P.S. If your child studies in their room because that is where their desk is and the space has been created then take a moment to discuss with them that it still suits them. Meaning, they are comfortable (they do grow you know.. haha), they have adequate supplies, it’s organized, and, of course, don’t forget those notes of encouragement. 😉