September is almost here. Parents are busy labelling school supplies, filling up backpacks and preparing for the rush of school mornings. Summer break is coming to an end, and back to school is here. This also means that homework, and time spent at a desk while completing assignments and projects is back in session. So, why not make the homework station a place your kids won’t hate. Here are some tips on creating a stylish homework centre that will encourage, inspire, and help with those back to school assignment blues.
Less Is More
We know that distractions are easy to find, especially when stuff needs to get done. So, make sure that you start with an area that consists of only the necessities for getting schoolwork finished. If your child requires technology for assignments, make sure there is enough space to accommodate it as well. Otherwise, the homework centre should be an area strictly for hitting the books.
Add Some Style
Use interesting, but practical containers to store items like pens, pencils, markers, glue, etc. This way, when everything is neatly put away, the desk will still look stylish, and everything has its place. Does your child have a favourite colour? Get bins of that hue, so it’s more personal.
File It Away
Use the wall space above the desk to create a filing system. This is an easy and practical way to keep all of those loose papers tidy. Rather than being stuffed into drawers, only to vanish into a dark abyss, having a designated and labeled filing system will lead to far less stress. It will also mean less time searching for important documents into the late hours of the night.
Mark It Down
Use a white board calendar to help ensure all projects, tests, and assignments are kept track of. The best part is that it can be wiped off every month, so you don’t have to waste paper. You can also easily write notes back and forth to make sure communication stays open between you and your child. This way everyone is on the same page!
Comfort, Comfort, Comfort
Depending on the age of your child, he or she could be sitting at a desk for longer stretches of time. Invest in a comfy chair that he or she will feel comfortable and supported in. The last thing your child will do is sit in something that is uncomfortable, so make sure you spend some time finding the right fit.
Write A Note
Use a cork-board to tack up notes of encouragement. Nothing is better than finding a hand written note to help get through the last chapter of a textbook. This can also be used as a place to put up assignments that received a good mark, use as a vision board, or add some photographs of your child’s friends, favourite vacation spot, or a special pet.
Creating a homework centre in your home allows for a designated area where your child is able to focus on the task at hand. Everything is in one place, which limits distractions and helps avoid procrastination. Everyone should have a little piece of the house that inspires him or her, and it’s no different for your child. Do you have a homework centre in your house? Tell me about it!