School is back in session, which means it is once again time to monitor your child’s homework each day after school. Getting your child just to sit down is hard enough. Add in homework, and the process could take up precious time that you need for other important tasks. By creating a learning zone inside your home, you will boost your child’s productivity and free up some of your valuable time. Here are a few tips:
- Have more than one designated homework area. By changing the study environment every now and then, your child will be more productive. For each space have a few basic school supplies on hand so they will not have any reason to get up and break focus. Try to free the area from as many distractions as possible.
- Switching up the study chair will also increase productivity. If your child is having trouble focusing, have them move to a different chair or the floor. Consider using a yoga ball as a chair to get their core muscles working!
- Choose where the homework space will be based on the age or development stage of your child. Younger children will do best in the kitchen because they will need the most monitoring. Older children do not have to be as close and will do better in a study or a basement.
- Make sure each homework space has excellent lighting. This will help your child to stay alert while learning.
- Hang chalkboards, whiteboards, or bulletin boards in the homework space. Your child can use them to help prioritize the day’s tasks.
- Allow your child to help with the designing of the homework space. They will use the space more if it is one that they enjoy spending time in.