This week in the Back to School series, we’re talking about setting up a homework station.
Whether you have a dedicated desk or the kitchen table, having everything your child(ren) needs right at their fingertips will ensure homework gets done in a timely manner so you can have more family time during the school year.
Creating a Functional Homework Station
First, you will need something to store all of the supplies needed. It can be a wooden box with dividers, a divided tool box, baskets or even a lazy susan with jars or mini buckets. There are no rules here, just use something that works for your space.
For our homework station, I picked up this long wooden box with dividers at Hobby Lobby (couldn’t find it online to link to it).
Next, you need to gather necessary supplies. Items you will need for your homework station will, of course, depend on the age/grade of your children. For me, I have soon-to-be kindergartners so ours includes:
- colored pencils
- glue sticks
- scissors (round tip)
For older kids you might also need:
- index cards
- sticky notes
We have a cabinet near the kitchen table that I almost always keep stocked with craft supplies but during the school year I will make sure to have extra notebooks, loose leaf paper and a place to keep library books (so they don’t get mixed in with our other books and thus lost or forgotten).
Once you have a system in place, if you find during the school year that you need other supplies, it should be easy to include them in your homework station.
For completed homework and other school papers, check out this post.