With kids recently back to school I've had some inquiries on how to make a good homework space. Here are a few tips:
1. Choose a room. For some kids a bedroom works best. Other kids may work better in a common area like a kitchen. Either way choose a quiet space without a lot of distractions.
2. Choose a work surface. A desk can be a good option. However if they require room to spread books or papers out a table or breakfast bar may work better. Also consider if the child is working with someone else or independently. A table might be more comfortable for multiple people to work at.
3. Have a clean space. Often I see desks covered with decor and desk top organizers. Cute storage containers for their pencils, scissors, papers, etc. Don't get me wrong sometimes these can be useful. But more often than none they become catchalls and take up a lot of valuable working area. Try to keep work surfaces clear and clean. If you choose to work at the kitchen table try taking everything off it before starting. It is less distracting.
4. Good lighting. It works well when everyone can see ;) If you're using a desk lamp test to find out if it gets hot. I learned this the hard way!
5. Organizing supplies. Keep supplies in a consistent spot. Remind kids to put things back when they are done with them. That way they know where to find them next time they need them. Avoid frustrating experiences like looking for a stapler at the end of a busy day.
6. Creating a calendar. Having a calendar with events, schedules, due dates, birthdays, etc visually accessible for the whole family is extremely helpful. This is a great tool for keeping kids accountable, no matter what the age.
So there's some tips on a homework areas, now if anyone has tips on getting kids to like doing homework let me know ;)