The ultimate goal is to get them working in a proper set‐up with a table and chair instead of working from their lap – this way they establish good habits, can properly work on their handwriting and have room to spread out all their materials.
To spark your creative juices, we’ve pulled 30 of our favorite homework station examples to serve as inspiration: Now, if finding a dedicated desk space isn’t possible, consider making your own mobile supply station that can be easily moved in and out of the space (like the kitchen table) when it’s homework time.
With a little practice, this can be an extremely effective method that can be used all the way through high school! It could be as soon as they come home after a snack, after ½ an hour of “down” time or after dinner.
Whatever you decide, help them stick to their routine for the first few weeks by setting a timer or providing gentle guidance.
It could be as simple as establishing a nightly backpack check ensuring that all the books and papers needed for the next day are all packed away.
Or having them place their packed backpack in a designated space (preferably near the door!
Teaching your kids how to keep themselves organized is such an important skill.
Tasks such as time management, tidying workspaces, and project preparation will not only help them with school work, but also with life and the challenges it brings as they continue to learn and grow.
Hopefully with their new homework station in place, they’ll feel a real sense of ownership and be excited to get down to work!
After their homework is complete, consider helping them put a routine in place that will help make the morning rush less hectic.