First of all – Make it an appealing space.
Make it appealing to the eye and to the senses. The object is to create a space that will inspire and motivate the child who is using it.
What child wouldn’t love a loft bed like this to do their homework? The shape of the footboard certainly has a farmhouse vibe. Plus, an arrangement like this is perfect for a small bedroom!
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Need a homework area for multiple kids? Line up multiple tables or desks and designate each child’s spot with a marquee letter! Lucite chairs are almost invisible and keep the area from looking too cluttered.
An organized space leads to organized thoughts
I bet you heard this from your mom – “A place for everything and everything in its place”. Well, it’s true – most every adult that I know is much more productive when working in an organized spot. Kids are no different.
Pegboard is awesome. Period. It can be cut to any size, painted any color, stenciled or framed. The availability of pegboard supplies makes it a great choice for organizing around a homework area.
With that in mind – work to eliminate clutter. The clutter control solutions don’t have to be expensive – the dollar stores carry lots of storage options. Or you could even cover cardboard boxes that you have lying around with pretty wrapping paper.
Install hooks nearby to keep backpacks within easy reach. Make the space extra special with a board and batten treatment that includes a chalkboard area for personalization.
Paint inexpensive wood crates to hang on the wall instead of expensive bookcases. The interior of the wood crates can be brightened up with scrapbook paper.
Keep distractions and temptations to a minimum
Allow a space for display
No matter where your child’s homework area is, keep these thoughts in mind:
- Accept that no matter how much trouble you’ve gone to or how much money you’ve spent, they likely won’t want to do homework and make peace with that knowledge.
- Try to avoid the temptation to cajole, threaten or bribe your child into doing their homework. Aim to be a facilitator instead. That doesn’t mean doing it for them. ☺
- Discuss homework with your kids on a regular basis. Not just about what their assignments are, but remind them that you are proud of them are there to support them.
- As much as is appropriate, allow the child to have a say in when their homework will be done – right after school, after supper, etc. You may not agree with their preference, but just discussing it with them will give your child a sense of empowerment.
- Most of all – praise, praise, praise. They thrive on it!
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