Are you finding homework time an effort? Do your kids find it hard to shut out the world around them and focus on getting their work done? Why not try setting up a designated homework station, it’s simple to do and a big help for kids and teens studying. Here are some tips on How to Keep your Kids Focused with a Homework Station:
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How to Create a Homework Station
Getting your child involved will help get them excited about the space. Here are some tips for creating a homework station that works for your child:
Having a designated homework station trains your child to recognise the area as a ‘productive space’. Now they can get focused, complete their homework and head off for some much deserved play time.
Teaching your child how to focus will help them throughout their school journey and into adult life. The younger they start the better.
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Tips for how to create a homework station
Here are some tips for creating a homework station that works for your child:
- Find a quiet area, away from distractions. Less noise equals more focus.
- Unplug technology.
- Good lighting, soft overhead lighting and get a desk lamp if needed.
- A notice board is handy to pin images, activities and assignments.
- Have a clock to keep track of time.
- Use a calendar to track activities and assignments.
- Keep notebooks and paper in a storage box to keep everything clear and decluttered.
- Have a special homework notebook, this is great to track assignments and communicate with the teachers.
- Keep a good stock of pencils, pens, colours, highlighters, erasers and toppers. Get nice jars for storing them.
Having this designated space for homework helps train your child to recognise this as a productive space.
However, don’t worry if you don’t have room for a whole designated area. Why not have a little ‘portable homework kit’ packed with stationery that you can pop onto the kitchen table. Even this will make homework time feel more like a set routine and area.
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More focus means homework is over quicker!
These little steps will help your child focus a bit better at homework time, making it less stressful for them and training them how to focus. More focus means homework is completed quicker and they have more play time.
Now they can get focused, complete their homework and head off for some much deserved play time.
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Over to you! Have you created a homework station for your kids? Do you have any tips for homework time? Share them with us in the comments below.