How to Create a Good Homework Space
For many children, doing homework isn’t fun. And it’s a challenge for parents to make their children want to do it. Today, you’ll see the importance of creating a good homework space for your children.
After school, the last thing children usually want to do is study. Many even end up developing bad homework habits: they study with the TV on or in the middle of a noisy living room.
The best thing you can do for them as parents is create a homework space from the get-go so that your children get used to doing homework and even enjoy it.
Having a designated homework space is key to helping children do their school tasks in a fast, effective, and pleasant way.
Their opinion is the most important thing
Although we’ve talked about this many times, we’ll insist again. When you create something for your children, you must take their opinions into account. Thus, when it comes to creating a good homework space for them, you always have to take what they want into account.
You can start by asking them where they’d like this space to be located. With your guidance, let them choose the colors, tools, and materials they want to have in their space.
Choosing the right homework space
First, you have to choose a good space. Before choosing it, you must observe how your children do their homework. Although many children need absolute silence to concentrate, others need to be in a place where there’s some activity going on in the background in order for them to finish their homework.
You can organize your children’s homework space based on your observations. If your children need peace and quiet to concentrate, choose a corner of their bedroom, a study room if you have the available space, or a quiet family room.
However, if your children need some background activity going on, you can choose a spot in the living room where there are more people, but always controlling the activities that happen around your children to allow concentration.
The best light to do homework is natural light. Therefore, whenever possible, find a place at home where your child can enjoy natural light as long as possible.
If this is impossible, either due to the season of the year or the location of the space, look for a good artificial light with adjustable height and lighting possibilities.
A fun homework space
When you know where your children’s homework space will be located, make sure that it includes fun elements. To do this, you should consider what your children like; they should choose most of the decor as this will make them feel more comfortable.
If you’re going to place a desk against a wall, you can put up colorful posters with beautiful images that you should choose with your children. Several studies show that having positive images in a study environment helps foster a positive mind.
You can choose beautiful landscapes or even a movie or comic book character that your children like. Try to make sure that the study corner is full of color, not boring at all.
Your children’s homework space should have everything they need to study. Giving them the tools they need is the foundation of good organization. You can include drawers, boxes, and everything else they need to organize their material.
Having a good homework space at home is the key to making this activity more rewarding and even fun for your children. With a little effort and dedication, you’ll help your children get used to doing homework and establish a good study routine.
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- Canter, Lee. Homework without tears. The Education Digest. 1988.