Though you’ve got another month with the kids, outfitters and stationers alike are already proclaiming ‘Back to School’ sales. It’s probably best to get all this stuff sorted sooner rather than later, otherwise it will just pile up on you.
One main thing to sort out is where your child will do his or her homework. If you’re planning on having a sort-around of your kid’s room, it might be a good idea to incorporate this into it, with these helpful tips to making an environment conducive to homework:
1) If you’re doing a proper decorating job on the room, it’s probably best to paint the walls in a muted colour, for less distraction. Children usually prefer bright colours, but they’ll still be happy if you jazz up their room with vibrant wall stickers, or a themed duvet.
2) Buy a student desk or small table for your child to work on. When your child is in their homework area, you want them to feel as though they have to do their homework, but at the same time, they don’t want to feel as though they are at school. You can counteract this by painting their desk in bright colours, or with patterns, so it’s more fun and relaxed than the classroom.
3) If your child has a mobile phone or laptop, move these out of their room while they are doing homework, so they can differentiate between work and play time. If you can, move any other distractions out of the way too, such as posters, and replace them with more educational ones, such as a world map or the periodic table.
4) Make sure you’re stocked up on school supplies. This includes pens, pencils, coloured pens, a sharpener, eraser, calculator, dictionary and ruler. Check that pens and pencils are in working order before your child sits down to do homework, otherwise they may waste time.
5) Buy a drawer organiser, to keep all of your child’s work in order. It’s probably best to have separate drawers for different school subjects, as well as a place for them to keep their dictionary or encyclopaedia. You should encourage your child to keep their work organised themselves, though you’ll need to go over this and check everything is in place.
6) Make sure that there is enough light, and an open window so that your child won’t get too tired if it’s stuffy. Get an overhead desk lamp so your child can read and write properly.
7) If you include a soft chair, or beanbag where your child can site if they need a break, this may inspire them to not give up with their homework.
8) Put a big clock above the desk where your child will be working. Let them know what time they can be done by, as giving them an ultimate goal will give them something to work towards.
9) Buy an extra ‘people-sized’ chair for you to sit on, so that you can help out, whenever your child needs you.