Where you set up the homework area in your home isn’t as important as the fact that you have some kind of designated place where your grade-schooler has the comfort and quiet to relax and concentrate once the homework assignments start rolling in.
Younger children generally need more supervision and help with homework than kids in older grades. You may want to consider setting up an area for him at the dining room table or kitchen counter, even if he has a desk and chair in his room.
Some other ideas to keep in mind as you plan your child’s homework space:
1. Ask your child to help you set up the work area. Letting her have a say in how her work space is arranged will make it more likely that she’ll want to do work there.
2. Have supplies on hand. Put crayons, markers, pencils and other art and school supplies your child will need to do his homework in a portable bin so that he’ll have everything within easy reach.
3. Turn off the TV. Keep noise and distractions to a minimum so that your child can focus on her work.
4. Let there be light. Make sure his workspace is well-lit so that he can see comfortably.
5. Cut out the clutter. Make sure your child’s work area is neat, organized and mess-free.
6. Give her time. Make sure you set up enough time each night so that she doesn’t feel rushed and can take the time she needs to settle comfortably at her homework station and thoroughly finish her work.
7. Give him a work buddy. If your lower-grade-schooler has an older sibling, they can sit and do homework together. If not, set up his favorite stuffed animal in a nearby chair with his own paper and pencil so that your child feels like he has a homework buddy working alongside him.
8. Sit down with your child. While dinner is cooking, try to spend part of homework time sitting next to your child doing your “work”—catching up on mail or reading a magazine.
9. Be flexible. Some days, your child may decide that she wants to fling herself down on the floor and do her homework on her tummy instead of at her homework area. Younger grade-schoolers generally don’t get homework that takes hours to do, so as long as she’s comfortable and gets her work done, let her choose how she wants to work.
Adapted from www.verywell.com