We set up the perfect homework station with Verizon FiOS as part of a sponsored post.
For some of you, your kids are back to school. For others (like me), it’s right around the corner. And with that comes homework!
My boys usually do their homework in the kitchen, but it can be a really crazy time of the day. They come home, grab a snack and then sit down at the island to do their homework while I prepare dinner. I found that it was too distracting for my older son. His homework is harder and takes longer, so he really needed a spot in the house that was quiet.
Last year, we did some research and found the perfect table for him. We cleared out a spot in the playroom/entertainment room and set up a small homework area for him. This really helped him focus better on his school work. I’ve found that any area of the home can become the perfect homework station with a little planning.
A few things to keep in mind when setting up the station:
1. Choose a good desk/table. When picking out my older son’s table, we wanted something that he wouldn’t outgrow. We selected an art table that doubles as a homework station. Since he loves working on art projects, we thought this would be the perfect table for him. If the table is too tall for your child, use an adjustable chair.
2. Find the perfect space. You want to choose an area that’s not in the heart of the home like the kitchen or the living room. Sure it’s fine for younger kids, but as they get older they need to be able to concentrate. Choose an area that doesn’t get a lot of traffic to help with distractions. Again, this can be set up in any area of the home.
3. Stock it up. Make sure your child has everything he/she needs without having to get up. If they have to go looking for supplies or sharpen a pencil, this can hold up the process and prolong the time it takes to get their homework done.
List of supplies to have at their homework station:
- Pencil sharpener
- Pens (for older kids)
- Lined paper
- Graph paper
- Index cards
- Glue sticks
- Post-it’s (for marking pages)
4. Choose a comfy seat. Depending on how much homework your child has per night, you want to make sure their chair is comfortable. If they only have one or two assignments, it’s not such a big deal but if they have a heavy workload then I advise a nice chair with a back to keep them sitting longer.
5. Lighting is important. Are there windows near by? Do they have a desk lamp? Make sure their homework station is nicely lit so they can see what they are doing. We have my son’s desk set up right next to a window so it gets a lot of natural light.
6. Use a caddy. Sometimes kids want to do homework in the kitchen or need extra help. We keep a caddy next to his homework station. He can add the supplies he needs and carry it to another room. I like this small utility caddy ($10.29).
7. Keep it clutter free. Have a trash can close to the desk so they can throw away trash and keep the desktop free of clutter.
8. The need for speed. Last year, my son started using a computer for his homework. He’s already learning how to use Google drive and does some of his writing assignments online. At the same time he’s doing his computer work, my younger son (who finishes his homework quickly) loves to stream one of his shows on Netflix, while playing on his iPad. I also try to finish up any last minute deadlines or emails for work before I can close my computer for the day.
We’ve been a long time customer of Verizon FiOS, which gives us enough power and speed so we can use several devices at one time. It also has faster upload speeds that make it possible to upload photos, videos, and documents in a flash without any lag time. I can send a few emails, my youngest can stream his shows, while my oldest uploads his assignments. Having a fast, reliable service is essential during homework time, so there’s no delays in getting our work done.
Now that your child has a homework station, it’s time to motivate them!
1. Keep to a routine. Set a routine for their homework early on and try to stick to this.
2. Grab a snack. My boys do better after they’ve had a quick snack and something to drink. No one wants a growling tummy!
3. Be there to help. I used to sit down with my oldest and help him with his homework but I found that he relied too much on me. So now I will help him but I don’t hoover over him. I’ll check in with him and tell him to call me if he gets stuck. This helps him to be more independent when doing his assignments.
4. Encourage your child. Sometimes my son will sit down and say he doesn’t understand something before he even reads the instructions. I try to encourage him to try his best and reassure him I’m here if he needs me.
Hope this has inspired you to set up a homework station for your kids!
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