Setting Up a Homework Center

Everyone has a special place for getting things done.  Artists work in a studio, teachers work at their desks, and kids need a place for getting their homework done. Helping your child create a space where he or she should do their homework is important.  The study center should allow for your child’s learning style and personal preferences.  Here are some points to consider when you and your child work to prepare the area.

Lighting
Good lighting is always important, but some children prefer brighter lights than others.  Portable lamp clips can be purchased at your local hardware store so that the study center can be flexible to meet your child’s needs.

Seating
Good posture helps your child concentrate.  This is not to say that your child cannot lie on your couch or their favorite chair to read, but for optimum attention to homework, a straight-backed chair at a desk or table works best.

Noise
Although some children can study amidst the TV and radio blaring, it is better if the study center is relatively quiet.  If possible, if should be located away from distractions.  Have your child write a Do Not Disturb sign and hang it on the door as an added touch.  

Materials
Often the first few minutes of homework time are wasted as children search around the house for the materials they need.  You can put an end to this by stocking the study center with the materials your child will need to successfully complete homework sessions.  The following may be a start to that list:  writing instruments, paper, index cards, pencil sharpener, sticky notes, paper clips, and folders to store on-going work.

Support References
The study center should include a small reference library.  Supply a dictionary written at a level your child can understand.  A thesaurus is a great idea as well.  An atlas and a globe can also be useful for school projects and homework support.

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