Written by Rhiannon Gillis
As my daughter gets older I realize the importance of her having aspecial area within our home for schoolwork. She is a first grader now and has homework at least four nights out of the week,magine how much more she will have as time goes on. So in order for me to help her maintain order, and to hopefully enjoy the process I think a homework station is vital.
No matter where you choose to place this station in your home, you want it to be in a place where they can focus and make it their own. Once you supply the basics the rest is up to them.
Choosing the location is the first step. You want to put some real thought into where they will be working each afternoon. Try to avoid as many distractions as you can. Think about how easy it is for you to lose focus from time to time, it’s even easier for our younger ones.
Try staying away from the television if at all possible. Find an area that isn’t being surrounded by others, the less that is going on around them the better. With less distraction they’re more likely to focus their attention where it needs to be.
You want to make sure they have the basics of course, and this can vary depending on their age. It could be anything from pencils, pens and paper to their own iPad, computer, and printer.
You also want to be sure they can stay organized. This might include folders for specific homework subjects, or days of the week. You might want ingoing and/or outgoing trays. The more it remains organized the easier it is for everyone to stay on track..
I believe it is important for kids of any age to feel like their personality is being represented. Personalizing their desk or homework station makes them feel comfortable, and they’re more likely to use the space.
You can personalizein so many ways. Use their favorite colors to dictate the folders or desk accessories. Find a calendar that includes images from their favorite books or movies. Put up art they created themselves on the walls to display proudly. Whatever your child’s interests are find ways to incorporate them. Just have fun with it!
If you aren’t sure how you want your homework station to look, start looking for inspiration with your kids. What do they love about some of these stations below? It could be the layout, the colors, or décor. Whatever it is try to incorporate that into their space.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is the owner of the Amber & Honey Design Co., and she is presently leading all design and staging projects. She writes for this blog and multiple other blogs frequently. Make sure you follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Edited by Andrea Wexelblatt. Andrea is an editor out of Reno, NV. She is a mother to two wild little boys, a student, and a wife. When she isn’t editing text she enjoys spending time with her family in the Sierra Nevadas.