As August rolls around, parents and children alike start gearing up for the first day back to school. With new teachers, school supply lists, and thoughts of homework, the start of a new school year can be a hectic and stressful time. One of the most difficult aspects of having a child in school is constantly fighting the homework battle with them. Even with the most studious of children, there is going to be a day where doing homework is a struggle for the two of you. As parents, we want to help promote our young learner’s education and provide them with the best resources possible. While many parents stock their homes with school supplies, books, calculators, and more, we often overlook one of the most important elements of education: the workspace. Your young student needs an inspiring and distraction free learning environment at home. This space will provide them with an area to focus on their homework and projects for school, so that they can excel in their education to their fullest. Try these three tips to create a productive homework environment for your young learner.
One of the most essential aspects of productive learning is working in a space that encourages focus and alertness. Especially as young students in our society today, finding a time and place that is distraction free can be difficult. Create a space in your home that is dedicated to your child’s learning. This area can be the child’s desk, a home office, or quite space elsewhere in your home. Try to pick a location that does not see a lot of traffic and that can be dedicated solely to “homework time”. All too often, students attempt to complete their homework in front of the television or at the kitchen table with numerous distractions pulling them away from their learning at all times. Once you have found a low disturbance area, try to remove any clutter that might distract your student from learning. You want an area that is open and spacious, so that your child can spread out their work and focus on only one task. The location of your child’s workspace is key. Without constant distraction and interruption, you child will be able to complete their homework more quickly and carefully.
Stock the Space
Your student’s work area should include all of the necessary items they may need for learning. By keeping all the supplies your child may need in the same space, you can make it easier for your child to complete their tasks. Make sure that the space is well lit and is equipped with plenty of paper, pencils, markers, books, and whatever else your student uses. While making all of these items easily accessible to your student, be sure to keep things organized and in place. A cluttered area can be extremely distracting. Develop an organizational system for everything in the space. With all of the necessary tools and a neat space, your student should feel prepared and excited to learn.
Keep a Schedule
Try posting a calendar and schedule somewhere within your child’s workspace. Sit down with your child at the beginning of the school year and write out their school calendar for the next few months. Jot down school events they will attend, assignment due dates, test dates, field trips, holidays, and more. Encourage your student to set concrete goals for each task they have that week or few weeks. This can help students stay on top of their assignments and become more organized. With this calendar displayed in their workspace, students can visualize what their week has in store. Create a system where your student crosses out their goals as they are accomplished. This will give your student the satisfaction of seeing their tasks disappear. Organization and forethought are two of the most important traits a young student can learn from his or her parents. This work area can help students focus, work more efficiently, and visualize their goals. Young students who are organized with their goals and accomplishments are better suited to attain those goals and manage the stresses of academics and more.
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online school about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @ gmail.com.
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