With most children going back to school this week it’s time to start the homework grind again. If your kid is like most, staying focused on assignments can be a struggle, especially when it’s still so summer-like outside. Take a look at our list of what it takes to make an effective home study space.

Location – This is the most paramount decision in the whole process. If your children are younger, you want an area that you can keep an eye on without having to run back and forth to their room. The kitchen table is a classic location where you can prep dinner and keep an eye on their test prep. Make sure this spot isn’t too distracting, whether it’s next to the front door or near a TV.

As your student grows, they might enjoy more independent spaces to work. Adding a desk to their bedroom furniture might be the way to go or altering a living room nook. Make sure wherever they set up is well lit to avoid eye strain which can lead to headaches or tiredness.

Comfortable – I’m sure we all remember the stiff plastic and wooden chairs that you have to sit in at school. While homework isn’t always fun, you don’t want it to feel like a punishment. By making your child’s study space fun and comfortable, they won’t be longing for the couch cushions. Adding pillows and a throw blanket to a reading nook or bench can be all the adjustment you need. (Make sure they don’t fall asleep!) 

Decoration – Just because it’s a homework spot doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish and functional. Using bins is a great way to store stationary tools (for the young ones) and textbooks. Keeping it organized will reduce the stress that can come with multiple assignments.

We highly recommend getting some kind of large calendar (dry erase to reduce waste) to lay out all the upcoming assignments. While a planner is effective it can be deceiving if your student isn’t checking it regularly. Make sure any new assignments make it up on the board. It’s also super satisfying to check it off!

We wish the best of luck to all 2018 students!