Inside: Help your children develop positive study skills, productive work habits, and increased school success by creating a designated kids homework station in your home.
Are you looking for homework station ideas? We’ve got you covered! Shared below is everything you need to know about how to set up a kids homework station.
From tips and tricks to must-have supplies, you can create a homework station that will help kids develop positive study skills, productive work habits, and increased school success.
What is a Kids Homework Station?
A homework station is an inviting, designated workspace for kids to study and complete homework assignments.
A valuable homework area provides an uncluttered surface for kids to write and draw, a comfortable space for kids to read, and all of the supplies they need to successfully complete assignments.
Setting up a homework station for kids is important because it gives them a determined space that they know is exactly for the continuing of their learning and education.
TIP: The IKEA Linnmon Tabletop (pictured above) is a functional and inexpensive kids homework desk solution.
How to Set Up an Easy Kids Homework Station
Creating a homework area doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive. Shared below are 5 tips that will make setting up a kids homework station easy and stress-free.
1. Choose a Quiet Location
Truth be told, homework stations don’t actually have to be located at a desk or table. Lap desks and comfortable floor nooks packed high with pillows are all viable options, as long as nothing impedes your child’s ability to pay attention and focus.
The number one guideline for your child’s homework station? The space in which your child does their homework should be free of noise, distractions, and interruptions.
2. Ask Your Child What They Need
Creating a space that your child can effectively function in is important and relatable. Think about how much more productive you are during the day when the area you are working in is stocked with the items you need and want to use. You don’t waste time searching for misplaced supplies, and your entire work process just seems to flow a bit better.
Think about how much more efficient your child could be if their homework space was arranged the same way. Simply ask your child what they need to have in their homework station to be able to do their job!
You may be surprised to hear that it’s something simple like a timer, pencil sharpener, or fidget tools. If that’s all it takes to create the perfect homework station for them, you can rest easy knowing that their request can easily be fulfilled.
TIP: Your child may enjoy the Time Timer (pictured above); a visual timer that helps kids stay on task by showing them the time they have left.
3. Bust the Clutter
Clutter creates chaos. It also delivers the feeling that everything is rushed and nothing ever gets completed in its entirety. If you and your child have decided that the desk in their bedroom is best suited to be their homework station, then nothing else should be on that desk.
If your child starts piling other items on their desk—books, LEGO creations, and craft projects—all they are doing is creating mounds of distractions guaranteed to pull them away during homework time.
4. Set the Routine
While it may be tempting to let your child do their homework in a new room each day, that defeats the purpose of trying to instill study skills and homework discipline. When your child asks if they can do their homework somewhere else besides their homework station, you may find it helpful to explain the importance of a consistent homework routine.
5. Make it a Pleasing Environment
Books, tables, sunlight, playful colors, educational posters, pillows, and warmly lit lamps make a homework space inviting and aesthetically pleasing.
Kids Homework Station Supplies
Homework station supplies and the age of your child are directly related. You may find your elementary school student needs wide-ruled paper, drawing paper, pencils, glue, scissors, colored pencils, crayons, markers, watercolors, and a ruler.
No matter their age, all students will benefit from a supply caddy (we love this one from Lakeshore Learning), a desk lamp, and a desk. Your child may also enjoy a computer or iPad, a lap desk, and floor pillows.
Easy Kids Homework Station Ideas
Click the images below for creative homework station ideas that are simple to make at home. Be sure to check back often, as this section is frequently updated with new ideas!
How to Make a Portable Homework Station for Kids
Perfect for waiting rooms, daycare, road trips, restaurants, small spaces, and more, this portable homework station is your solution for homework on the go!
Do you have a designated homework station in your house? Share your experience and tips in the comments below!
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