Make homework time (somewhat) fun with these tips on creating a homework nook for your kids. If you have the space, designating one room for homework and studying, rather than have the kids do homework at the kitchen table or on the couch in the living room, is the ideal situation, parenting expert and DaddyScrubs founder Robert Nickell tells AllParenting.
"The kids associate the kitchen with food and the living room with socializing, games and the TV, so this can cause confusion and distractions," Nickell says. "Set aside a special room or area for a desk/table, homework supplies and minimal distractions, because having a regular 'homework room' will help the kids associate that area of the house with studying, which in turn will help strengthen their self-discipline and focus."
He says to make sure all the necessary supplies are within reach and the walls are decorated in a non-distracting way. "Brighten up the kids' study room with learning murals, as it will spark the kiddos' interest and imagination in their studying. Also, make sure to hang up your kids' artwork around the room, as this will help the kids develop pride in their work and in producing projects worthy of gold stars!"
The pictured homework spot from Land of Nod is drool-worthy, as it features a White Elementary Table with handy storage underneath. The Kids' Play Table is another great option as it has side slots for books and folders. The walls in this pictured room are painted a muted green, which interior designer Jeanette Simpson of KidSpace Interiors tells us is the perfect color to "enhance concentration, provide a refreshing atmosphere, facilitate judgment and renew the spirit." Not a fan of green? She says yellow is another good choice as it "inspires creativity and renews spirit."
The chalk board is a fun addition to your homework nook (and great for practicing writing, spelling and math!) and a Chalkboard Decal from Wall Pops! is only $15 and can be re-positioned or removed without damaging the wall. The Learn To Write chalkboard Wall Pop features dotted guide lines and is perfect for the kindergarten set!
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