The end of summer ramp-up to the new school year is the perfect time to create a workspace for your child's homework.
Kids today have some level of homework as early as kindergarten so they will need a designated place to work pretty early on. Making a place in your home that promotes comfortable studying and reading is the best way to demonstrate to your child that school work is important. Designating a go-to homework spot also helps encourage a solid afterschool homework routine and excitement about learning.
Here are four ways to organize your home to make homework time simpler and promote good study habits along the way.
Kids generally need a space for writing, a space for reading, a space for art -- and down the line, space for a computer. Check out these creative examples of kid workspaces, selected from our Show & Tell Home Tours.
#1 Make a place for writing:
Kids start with their ABCs and move on to sentences and before you know it, they're writing short essays and research papers. Writing is and always will be an important part of school work. Make sure your kid has a good surface to practice writing and penmanship and all the wonderful critical thinking skills that come with writing.
Love this little workspace in the home of Stephanie Congdon Barnes of 3191 Miles Apart. The small desk provides ample room for doing homework and the customized wall behind it personalizes the space well.
You or your child might also choose a more communal spot for homework time. This large dining table in the home of Julie from Remodelista is a great place to spread out books and do homework after school.
#2 Make a place for reading:
Most kids will probably find their own place to sit or lounge and enjoy a book, but it doesn't hurt to set the stage for comfy reading with a nice chair or setting. If your child shows a resistance to reading, let him or her help you create a special place for reading.
#3 Make a place for art:
It's nice to have a creative space where kids can get away from the reading and the writing but still do some constructive and meaningful fiddling around. Artwork and even doodling can be very therapeutic and can open up space in your child's mind for more knowledge.
#4 Make a place for a computer:
Before you know it, your kids will be into the computer -- and soon after that, they're going to actually need one for school work.
Tweens and teens will definitely need to begin using a computer, if they're not already. If you have the means to provide them their own computer and workspace, it'll save you from sharing all the time. This computer desk and workspace in the home of Benita Larsson of Chez Larsson is expansive enough to get a kid up to and into college.
Does your child have an ideal spot for doing homework, reading, and art?