Creating a Homework Friendly Home
By now, school is in full swing and summer is fast becoming a memory. It is time to focus on school and homework. Education doesn’t just stop when the bell rings. Encourage your child to embrace learning at home starting at a young age.
Children, especially younger ones, typically do not enjoy spending long hours sitting and studying. Intuitively, they are meant to be active and play. But completing homework is part of a child’s life and essential to school success. So how do you encourage homework time and focused studying?
To start, show an active interest in helping your children with their homework. It makes them feel that this is important. With a parent’s involvement and guidance, children have a higher chance of success in school.
Next, create an environment that encourages or even potentially motivates him or her to study.
Here are some tips for creating the optimal environment for your child to do homework and study:
✔ Well-lit room
A well-lit room includes good lighting, neutral paint and floor colors. Natural sunlight from large windows is a plus. It creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and boosts the mood. It will also be beneficial to your child’s eye health as the pressure and tiredness from reading will be decreased. All of this contributes to more productivity.
✔ Distraction free area
Your child needs at least one clean horizontal surface to work on. Remove all the things that may distract him while studying (i.e. toys, phones, TV, games, etc.). The key is to remove all items that may cause distraction at the desk before homework time starts. Some parents even remove wife.
✔ Comfortable temperature
It is hard to focus if the room is too hot or too cold. Keep temperature between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit for best performance.
✔ Designated study space
It may not be possible to designate a specific room or create your own in-home library, but you can transform any space, even small ones, into a study haven. Build a corner nook in your child’s room. Transform a closet to a fold down desk. To jog your imagination, check out these study room ideas from Houzz (http://www.houzz.com/study-room-ideas).
✔ Provide a healthy snack
A snack before bunkering down for homework may be just what your child needs before their study session. Opt for fiber and protein rich options such as a slice of toasted Ezekiel bread with peanut butter, or a hard-boiled egg with carrot sticks. Serve water- sugar laden drinks will lead to focus problems. If your child prefers flavored drinks, try fruit infused water instead of juice or soda. A great fresh combo is cucumber with lemon and mint in ice water.
✔ School Supplies
I remember, as a kid, it was always exciting when I have something new to use for schoolwork. It can be motivating to use a special new pencil or opening a brand new box of crayons. Keep your supplies stocked: pencils, paper, coloring pencils, crayons, glue, paint, scissors, erasers and pencil sharpeners. I suggest that you keep the supplies in one location at home, and allow your childfree access to them to encourage creativity. Of course, just keep in mind that if your child is very young, keep hazardous items out of reach if you are not able to supervise.
Making your home homework friendly is just one way you can support your child in their education journey. The real need from a child when it comes to learning is the support and encouragement a parent can give. This includes not only creating a good physical space but also providing moral and emotional support.
And it’s not just homework! The bigger picture is helping them discover their potential in every way possible.
For more tips on optimizing your home and other kid friendly ideas, please feel free to contact me.
John Collinge is an Anchorage Realtor