Though it’s easy to let your kids do their homework wherever they want, research shows that having a designated area helps them work harder and perform better. So, here are our tips for creating the perfect study space, even if square footage is at a minimum.
Location, location, location.
Did we mention location? It’s the single most important factor in determining where your child should get their work done. If possible, choose an area that’s free from distractions, like the television. If you’re short on space and have to use a room that has a TV in it, make sure that it’s always turned off during homework time.
Your child’s study area should also be large enough to accommodate a textbook, notebook, and/or workbook comfortably to avoid crowding.
Light it Up.
Sufficient lighting is key. A desk lamp is perfect for small spaces, and helps keep the focus on the task at hand.
Keep it Clean.
Lost assignments and papers with peanut butter stuck to the back don’t exactly make for great impressions – or good grades. So, make sure that your child keeps their area tidy at all times.
If you can’t dedicate an entire room or corner for homework, create a study cart or basket filled with school supplies and other essentials for your child to use at a kitchen or dining room table.
Whatever you choose to do, it’s important to remain consistent. Having your child work from the same space every day at approximately the same time helps by creating the structure they need to succeed.
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