Back to school season means homework, and homework means stress. Or does it? A homework station is a great way to keep stress to a minimum, as it eliminates the struggle of looking for supplies and finding a quiet place to work. Setting a homework station up in your own home doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, in a few easy steps you can create your own with all the homework essentials you need. Look below at 6 items every homework station should have so you can create the perfect studying space.
Don’t let kids strain their eyes. Instead, make sure your homework station has proper lighting. It is a good idea to have a moveable lamp or office lamp for kids to use. This way they can adjust the lamp as needed and make sure their work is clearly visible. Plus, eye strain is avoided. Avoid any fluorescent lighting as this can actually aggravate eyes.
Ample writing supplies and a sharpener.
A pencil or two won’t do. Make sure you have at least a dozen sharpened pencils and the same amount of pens in your homework station. Keep a pencil sharpener on hand as well so your child can sharpen pencils after each session. This way, they are ready for the next user. An electronic pencil sharpener is a good idea because it makes less mess and can be easier to use than a manual one.
File folders for each child.
Create file folders for each child so you can keep their work and assignments separate. This way, each child can easily access their papers, store papers that need to be signed, or keep weekly newsletters and agendas separate. Choose a different color folder for each child to keep everything color coded and organized.
Dry erase board.
Keep a dry erase board in the homework station so kids can use it in place of scrap paper. This way if they want to scratch out math problems they can do so right on the dry erase board. A dry erase board is also a great place to keep memos and notes.
Basic office supplies.
Aside from your pens and pencils, keep an arsenal of other basic office supplies. Head to the dollar store for erasers, crayons, scissors, markers, and glue. This way no matter what the assignment is, you won’t have any trouble digging up the supplies you need. While at the dollar store, it is not a bad idea to grab some staples, a mini stapler, and paper clips as well!
Kids have been in a school chair all day. Help make their homework time a little more comfortable by providing a supportive chair. Choose a chair with a back and cushion. This will help keep their bodies supported and make the last few hours of the day more pleasant.
Are you ready to get your own homework station in order? Then consider these 6 items every homework station should have and start assembling yours!