Just mention the word “homework,” and it strikes fear in almost every child. They stress about endless hours of tedious work that takes away from their video games or other evening activities. Even if your kid doesn’t have a diagnosis of ADHD, keeping their attention when there are better things to do is complicated. Homework is a part of the educational experience. Whether they are six years old or a college student doesn’t matter. This is one task they must perfect.
As parents, we must cultivate a healthy environment for them to do their work. It’s easier than you think, and it can boost their performance in many ways. As an adult, you seek the perfect surroundings to work. Do you have a private office that faces a lovely garden or soft music playing in the background? These things set the stage for your productivity. You must realize that your children require the same considerations to work that you do. By creating a designated homework area, your child can be more productive and happier.
Choose a Great Study Zone That’s Free of Distractions
When setting up a homework area, you must make sure that your child doesn’t have access to toys, smartphones, tablets, computers or a television. Anything that can distract their attention will. Make sure the area is quiet, comfortable and is distraction free.
*Use A Dedicated Space
Now, most people don’t have a specific room that they can dedicate to such a space. However, even if it’s a nook in the basement or you convert a closet, it’s vital to have a section that is geared for learning. A dedicated space makes it easier for them to stay on task. If they hear the television blaring their favorite cartoon in the other room, doing homework is going to be a struggle.
Whatever you do, don’t use your kitchen table as a homework zone. Your child needs to have a space where they can spread out and know it’s dedicated. What if you need to cook dinner while your child is studying? They will not be able to relax and focus because you need this space too.
It sounds crazy, but try to keep them away from a window. Did you ever daydream as a child? If they are facing a window, the lighting may be good for work, but the endless daydream opportunities are alluring. They will think about playing outside, riding their skateboard, or whatever else they like to do in the great outdoors. If possible, try to have their view facing a wall.
*White Noise Can Be Helpful
While you want to keep the zone primarily noise free, some noise can be conducive to work. White noise or an app that plays some background music might help stimulate their brains. Complete silence can be deafening to a child that is always on the go. Instead, they will hum, sing, twirl in their chairs and do everything they can to provide some sort of release to their anxiety. Having white noise, like a fan or a noise machine can go along way to help them stay focused.
Make Sure The Space is Well-Lit and Comfortable
Did you know that lighting affects your mood, energy levels, and concentration? Have you ever noticed that you are happier when the sun is shining outside? Compare your energy levels on a sunny day to a rainy one. Use LED light in your space as it mimics natural light better than any other source. A study was conducted in the Huffington Post about how lighting can boost your concentration. They found that blue helps to increase your energy levels and warmer colors can help with sleep. So, proper lighting and a nice tranquil blue color will create the perfect environment.
*Add Task Lighting
Make sure that your space has task lighting as it’s a vital component of any study area. Sure, you may have good light in the space, but having that focus on a specific area makes writing, reading and working on a computer easier. An adjustable lamp should do the trick.
*Keep The Desk Clutter Free
The desk area can be basic with a computer and lamp. Allow them one pencil and nothing else. Giving your child, a whole jar of pencils can become an instant procession of drum solos. Unless you want to hear your child recreating their favorite rock ballet, then just give them one pencil. You will be surprised by the things they can do with those extra pencils. Keep it simple, keep it neat, and your child won’t feel the need to drift their attention to other tasks.
Tips For Creating The Perfect Homework Station
The basic goal of a homework station is to keep the area neat and clean with little distractions. Having the right color on the walls and track lighting can be just as important as the dedicated space. Some parents create in-house computer labs. The older they get, the more they will rely on a computer for their work.
A shared workspace is a good compromise when you have many children and little room to carve out a place for all. Most importantly, always have supplies on hand so that they can get busy doing their work. Glue sticks, crayons, writing paper, construction paper, and all the other things that are required, should always be kept close-by.
A Great Homework Environment Doesn’t Take Much Effort
Your child must learn proper study habits from an early age. Having a dedicated space will enhance their learning. Make sure to have a space that is conducive to study with blue walls and ample lighting. Keep the distractions to a minimum by removing unnecessary objects from the area. Remember to keep them away from windows and give them some nice background music or white noise. With a few modifications, you can use a nice space in your home to help further your child’s education.
Michelle Laurey is an aspiring writer who enjoys cycling, fitness, mixing-up smoothies, researching healthy life choices and trying to implement them. You can find the largest guide she’s ever written here. You can reach her via Twitter and Facebook