It’s that wonderful time of year again. The kids are going back to school very soon. You have no doubt began preparing your child with the essentials to stick in their new backpack to take on the first day of school. What about the home? Are they ready to spend all those hours working on homework? Or are you prepared with the constant struggle that comes with getting them to do this work? Let me tell you, having a place of their own is a must. These kids homework station essential will change everything for you and you youngins.
Why It’s Nice
Having a designated spot in the home for your kids to do school work shows them how important it is. It also allows them to have a place with no distractions (hopefully) in order to actually get some work done.
Where you choose to put this station is entirely up to you. Just remember, less distractions is a good thing. So although being in their bedroom would be convenient, it may not be the best. Think about all of those things in their room that they would rather do than homework. Oh and be sure it isn’t too close to a television. I mean we know what happens when the tv is on right?
Luckily these kids don’t need much space, so they don’t need their own room. Try a corner of your family or living room. Or convert an unused closet (if you’re lucky enough to have one of these) and pop in a small desk. Where do you have a small area in your home that could maybe use a new function? In fact, it doesn’t have to be a whole lot of extra space. As you can see from this Hideaway Desk from Urban Outfitters, a little can go a long way.
What You Need
You want to have the usual items on hand like pens and paper, notebooks, highlighters and such. Just remember to make it a special spot for them, allow them to pick out these essentials.
Add some files or set up a system to help both of you keep track. Assign files and label them ‘To Be Done’ and ‘Done’. Make sure each kid has their own special color system too. Just helps keep things organized and separate.
Mostly, just keep the space stocked and structured and it’s make for an easier and maybe even enjoyable process.
Personalize and Make It Fun
Depending on your Childs age, there are different elements that you can add to make it work for them. Try some of these out, or go with whatever your kid loves. That’s what matters. Whether your child loves a certain color, prefers a certain animal, or has a favorite style, just be sure to add something for them to reflect this.
Kids tend to love color. Use colors that are stimulating and encourage learning. Warm colors like yellow and orange are thought of as the best colors to ignite the need for knowledge. While cool colors like blues are very peaceful and serene. Try to use a lot of solid white, while incorporating elements of color. Give them a comfortable chair and a desk that is appropriate for their height. Desks are better when they’re a solid color, and preferably a neutral tone. Supply lighting that is warm and easy on the eyes.
Here are some fun office supplies that might just make your homework station a little more fun.
Ya got a kid who loves pink and or dots. Well this stapler is right up their alley. – Mod Cloth
Pretzel erasers are just a fun thing that the kids should get a kick out of. – Yoobi
This clock from Cafe Press is great because now only is it fun and functional, but it makes it easier for them to tell time in this way. It’s a win-win.
This adorable Memo-saurus desk organizer from Mod Cloth is just plain cute for the little dino lover you may have.
This one is wonderful because I can imagine endless possibilities. I’m pretty sure the Cork Globe is my favorite on this list. – Uncommon Goods
Lastly, this metal peg board from Urban Outfitters is a nice and simple way to keep track of elements as they are coming and going. Plus, it just looks great.
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Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a Los Angeles decorator and also primarily writes for this blog Rhiannon’s Interiors.