Homework Woes

Monday, November 19, 2018 | Uncategorized

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Homework Woes: How to Create a Space that Makes Sense

If you find homework a constant struggle, consider that perhaps the space your child works in isn’t optimized for the task at hand. Keep reading, as we shed light on a few ways you can enhance your children’s learning space so they have no excuses but to hit the books.

Look at the location

Children typically can’t focus on their homework if their younger sibling is in the same room watching SpongeBob reruns. Eliminate distractions by designating an out-of-the-way location specifically for educational activities. This might be the corner of a back bedroom, the laundry room, or even a portion of a large walk-in closet.

Provide the right tools

Depending on your child’s grade, he or she will need different things to successfully complete assignments. Children in grade school typically need pencils, paper, crayons, scissors, and glue. Older child scholars will need access to more advanced tools, such as a graphing calculator, index cards, and a planner. GreatSchools.org’s high school supply list is a great place to start. As a general rule, plan to provide your child the same supplies you purchased for school for completing work at home.

Keep it organized

 Just as a surgeon can’t get through his day without his tools being in a logical order, your child will struggle to focus if he’s constantly looking for an eraser. No matter where you locate your child’s learning space, keep it neat and organized. Utilize clear containers and vertical storage, and always keep a notebook handy so your child can make a list of anything they may need. 

Make it comfortable

 Your child’s learning space will need to be outfitted with appropriate furniture for his size and age. Younger children may do well with a beanbag chair at the coffee table, while adult-sized teens and tweens will need more mature decor. A supportive ergonomic office chair is a must. Be cautious here, however, because chairs can range in price from less than $150 to $1,000 or more. A desk with a large workspace and a bright overhead light will also help.

 Read and relax

 No matter how nice your office space, you should provide your child with a cozy corner to cuddle up with a good book. While slinking down on the couch is an option, it poses many of the same annoyances as trying to do homework from the kitchen table. Distractions can keep your children from fully immersing themselves in the reading experience. A DIY reading nook, as HomeAdvisor explains, isn’t that difficult to create, and only requires four basic elements: storage, privacy, comfort, and ample lighting.  

 Tips on improving your child’s academic awareness

 It is simply not enough to have a proper space where children can learn. The following tips can help you empower your children to embrace all things academic:

  • Tell stories. Use your home workspace as a safe zone where your children can make up stories without judgment. Telling stories promotes communication skills and has also been linked to better academic performance.
  • Provide no-point toys. Water guns are great, but they do nothing to spark creativity. Make sure your children have access to plenty of open-ended playthings, such as clay, loose Legos, and magnetic building sets. Keep these on hand for when your child is struggling and needs a mental break.
  • Reward efforts. As a parent, it’s easy to praise a child for their innate abilities. But, even if your child is a natural math genius, let them know you appreciate the effort, not the ability. When you see your child struggle, reward their perseverance by letting them know you see and approve it.

As parents, we only want what’s best for our children. If that means sacrificing a portion of our homes, that is a small price to pay to help them get ahead at school and in life.