Helping your kids with their homework is a great way to keep your brain active as a parent, but most homes don’t have dedicated homework space. There are many reasons why this is the case, from there not being enough space to simply not thinking about it. However, if you have a spare room or area of your home that isn’t being used for anything functional, a homework room could be the answer. This can greatly benefit your child, so it’s important to know how to design the perfect space.
Make It Engaging
Your child’s homework space must use the same approach as a typical classroom. It must be engaging without being too overwhelming or distracting, and include plenty of bright colors. You can start with door displays that welcome them into the space and add another use for surfaces, rather than just using the wall.
The room or space should also match their personality and be as unique as they are. Consider things they like, whether superheroes or sports, and fill it with educational variations of their favorite characters.
Get Rid of the Clutter
You already know that kids love to clutter and you’ve probably stepped on one too many Lego bricks during your time as a parent. You may also know that clutter is one of the biggest roadblocks in generating productivity. A clutter-free homework space is the best way to overcome this.
Take the time to find storage options where they can keep all their books and worksheets, and you can even separate them by subject if you have enough space. Don’t tidy up for them, though, but instead, encourage them to put things away once they are finished with them to keep the space clean ready for tomorrow.
Find a Versatile Desk Setup
A desk is never truly a desk. Instead, it should be a space where they can do everything. From filling out Math worksheets to painting or building with blocks, a versatile desk will encourage creativity and add multiple dimensions to their workspace.
Parents can find adjustable desks or ones with corner designs to designate specific activities, with one side dedicated to writing and the other for more creative work. It’s worth covering one side with scrap paper so that it doesn’t get covered in paint and glue.
Make It Easily Accessible
As much as homework is designed to teach kids independent learning, your kids will need your assistance. It is counterproductive to establish a space on the other side of the house, as your kids will need to shout at you or break their flow to find you.
Because of this, it’s best to create space that is close enough to you for them to reach you when needed. You can set up a space in your home office (although this could easily devolve into chaos), or at least next to your home office.
Homework rooms are a superb way to ensure your child gets on with their work before playing after getting home from school. Much like a home office, this gives your child a place away from their games and toys, and it can build a strong habit of discipline that they can use throughout their life.