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It’s great to have a place in your St. Louis home for children to set up and focus on their homework. With many parents still working from home and rooms already serving multiple functions, there isn’t always a designated space for students to work. While many families have found a suitable environment for kids to study in, if you think you need some help to get one set up, here are a few ideas:
Designate a Space
One great part of school for kids is the routine, and creating a similar structure at home can be beneficial. This often starts with designating a specific space. While kids might like to bounce from the living room to the kitchen to their bedrooms, having a go-to spot for when it’s really time to focus can help give them the structure they need to succeed. By picking out this area of your home in advance and getting your kids on board, you can make it a habit for them to work from this space. Of course, they may still like to work in different places throughout the day, but they’ll have a place they know is specifically for them.
One thing we can do to make this space more conducive to learning and focus is to ensure that it’s clutter free. Even by simply adding a few additional baskets or other storage containers to keep things out of sight can make the area better for students to work in. Keeping this area simple and neat means it will be easier for kids to pay attention to the work in front of them.
Another major challenge of at-home learning is distractions. Consider where you set up your student area and do a quick scan for distractions. Is it near a television that may be on in the afternoon? Will your work calls be easily heard? Though small, the countless little distractions throughout the day can really add up. Working to reduce them as best as possible can help kids work more efficiently.
Just as much as adults need to adjust to a work-from-home set-up, kids also need to adjust to their school area in the house. While it can be tempting for any of us to work from the couch, it doesn’t help our posture or focus to lounge with our computers on our laps all day. Setting up an area where their keyboard will be at the right height and their screen at eye level can help them stay in school mode while they’re working.
If you’d like to talk more about any of these ideas, or if there’s something else we can be of assistance with, please reach out to us. We’re always happy to help.