How to Set Up the Perfect Homework Station


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Back to school is just around the corner – and with it, the return of homework. To help keep the kids organized and maybe, just maybe, make homework feel a little more fun (or at least, easier to complete), why not set up a homework station? Carving out a nook in your home can ensure you know what needs to be worked on and when, and provides an area of focus for your children away from the distractions of TV, tablets, and toys. Here are some tips to help create the perfect homework station!

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1) Make Your Station an Actual, Visible Place

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If the kids are used to marching off to their bedrooms to do homework, it’s hard to keep an eye on whether they’re actually getting the job done. If you can, designate a specific nook as a homework zone. Some ideas? Look for unused walls in your kitchen or living room. A dining room nook for a credenza can be transformed with a plank of wood and some bench seating. Even hallways, entryways, or laundry rooms can have some extra real estate you haven’t been maximizing.

If you’re really short on space, try setting up a rolling cart that can go where the kids go. Stock it with all the supplies they need so they aren’t wandering the house looking for a gluestick, and turn any room into a homework space.

2) Break Down What’s Due with a Homework Chart

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Some kids can get overwhelmed by deadlines. Others might forget them altogether. The best way to overcome missed homework is to create a new habit of marking down what’s due, and when. Print a homework chart and laminate it, then use dry erase markers to write on it. When your child arrives home, have them pull out that day’s homework and work together to figure out when it’s due. It’ll make prioritization a snap and ensure your kid never has to blame the dog for a forgotten assignment again.

3) Add Some Personal Touches

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Homework has an (understandable) reputation for being boring and dry. Liven up your kids’ homework space with some personal touches, like their artwork over the years, or a past assignment they got a glowing grade on. A ‘Homework Hall of Fame’ is a great way to remind them what they’re capable of.

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4) Stock Up On Supplies

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A broken pencil or missing pair of scissors can quickly become a gateway for distraction. Your homework station should include a supply caddy, whether it’s stackable drawers, a desktop unit, or a rolling cart. Take a look at what your child uses the most on a day-to-day basis and ensure their supplies are always well-stocked. It’ll cut down on interruptions and help them get in the concentration zone.

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5) Balance School and Life

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Most children have a lot going on beyond just their schoolwork. From sports teams to clubs, there are dozens of after-school activities to balance with homework. A school planner will encourage the kids to write down new assignments, fields trips, and other activities as they learn about them – and give you a handy place to check in on what’s coming up once they’re home.

6) Give Everyone Their Own Corner

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If you have multiple kids, you’ve probably already experienced the joys of them fighting over the comfiest chair or the sunniest spot in the house to do their homework. When creating your homework zone, designate an area for each child – and do your best to keep them all balanced. That means same furniture, same lighting, same supplies – and a little bit of customization.

Print a poster of each child’s initials or a photo from the past year, to help identify a space as theirs. If they’re looking to really put their stamp on a spot, let each kid pick out an accessory or toy to decorate their desk area.

7) Avoid Crumpled Paper Syndrome

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Your child’s backpack can be a black hole for school assignments and permission slips. The solution? Create a spot for them to empty their bags as soon as they get home. Once they’re ready to tackle homework, they can simply grab what they need without having it disappear into some dark corner of their bookbag. Be sure to create a separate slot for items that require your attention or signature.

8) Reward Efforts

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All work and no play will make any kid a little miserable. Teach them the value of responsibility by creating a mounted poster that tracks their progress. For every day they successfully complete their homework (with minimal foot stomping and procrastination, ideally), add a sticker to the poster. Once they hit a designated number – like say, 10 – reward them with a favorite treat or an affordable outing like an afternoon at the movies.

You can also create a pyramid of rewards; if they get to a much bigger number (like 100), you can buy them a toy they’ve been coveting or take them on a fun adventure to a theme park or sports event. Bonus idea: Combine a homework rewards chart with a chores chart to keep your kids extra motivated.

9) Declutter Daily

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A cluttered, messy homework station is hardly a place for productivity. Not only will your child dread being surrounded by bits of paper and messes, they may find themselves getting distracted. The final step of any homework session should be tidying up – ensure all supplies are put away, have a garbage can nearby where they can discard anything they’re done with, and keep the space spic and span for tomorrow’s work.


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