Pick Your Space
The first step is, of course, to pick your space. It is important to note your child’s learning style. For some, being in the center of the action is the best place for them to do their work. Some children learn better and do homework faster while being in the middle of a little bit of activity.
In contrast, if your child needs lots of quiet and to be away from the center of activity, then creating a work space in the family room or den may not be optimal for that particular child.
You can set up your homework space in a bedroom, den, family room, or even in the basement. Whatever you do, match your child up with his or her learning style and pick the space that is best for him or her.
Make It Fun
Once you have chosen the area for the homework space, make sure to incorporate some fun elements into it as well. If the desk is facing a wall, then put up colourful posters or positive images that your child chooses. Studies show that having positive images creates a positive mind-set. Examples of this are images of nature or beautiful scenery, as well as your child’s favourite movie character or hero.
Incorporate some colour into the mix too. Don’t make your child’s work space bland and boring. Add some vibrant colours to stimulate the mind. Studies also show that certain colours impact the brain in different ways. Some colours are soothing while others are stimulating.
After picking your space and your colors, make sure you have enough tools on hand for organizational purposes. Being organized is one of the most important keys to successful studying and doing homework.
If you give your child the tools to be organized early on, chances are that it will be a habit they continue on with later in life.
Get Their Input
Get your child’s input in the project instead of just doing it yourself. Let them pick some colours, posters, tools, and materials and have some say in where they want their homework space to go.
In this manner, they will feel more inclined to do their homework and study.