Set your kids up for success this school year with a DIY Homework Station that's just for them to work on their homework and school projects stocked with everything they might need.
Setting up a Homework Station
It is nearly time for a brand new school year, full of promise and new friends, as well as excitement over seeing old friends again. You can get your little scholar off on the right foot by setting up a homework station for them. If you have a dedicated space like a desk in your child's room or somewhere else in the house, that's a great set-up to have. But it's not at all necessary to make your own DIY Homework Station. You can create a portable homework station that can go anywhere- to the couch, dining room table, or even on the go. There are so many options available that you are sure to find one that works for you and your family! Here are some ideas!
How to Make a DIY Homework Station
One thing you want to do is put everything that you think your child will need into the new homework station. You don’t want them jumping up every time they need a pencil or a piece of paper. This is so distracting and will keep them off task. Find a storage solution like one of the options below that works for you and your child.
1. Organizer Caddy
For a really portable homework station a small organizer like this is just the thing. Room for a clipboard full of paper on one side and spots for pens, pencils, and other items on the other. Just grab the handle and go!
2. Over the Door Storage
This over the door storage option is great for saving space while still keeping all supplies easy to access. It would be great for older students, maybe on the back of their bedroom door.
3. 5 Drawer Table Top
This small 5 drawer table top organizer is a good inexpensive option, drawers can hold notebook paper, pencil, pens, and other
4. 5 Drawer Rolling Rainbow Cart
This fun rainbow cart can be filled with everything your student needs and rolled around to anywhere for some serious study time.
5. IKEA’s Raskog
This option does not have drawers, as you can see but it is a nice large cart that can be organized anyway you like with stationary as well as art supplies and other school items. Use mason jars to hold items like pencils and markers. Roll it out of the way when they are done.
6. Large Basket
A large basket that you already have one on hand, can be turned into a traveling homework station for your child. Add dividers, and use up-cycled tin cans for pencil holders. Get creative with what you already have!
If you have a dedicated work space like a desk, you obviously have a lot more storage for needed items. You might add a calendar and a bulletin board above the desk for reminders, mementos, and notes. You want to also provide your child with a quiet place that cuts out distractions and has good lighting. If you don't have enough space or money for a dedicated desk area, you could consider grabbing one of these portable work trays to do the same job for cheaper in a smaller area.
Stocking Your Homework Station
Now you want to stock your homework station with useful items they might need. When the back to school sales hit, it's the perfect time to grab extra items to use in the homework station. Check out how to save money on school supplies to get the most bang for your buck. Of course the basic items are pens, pencils, paper, erasers, and a pencil sharpener. Consider this the bare minimum. You might also include crayons, markers, colored pencils, a ruler, and plain copy paper. If your child is older you may also need to add things like graph paper, a scientific calculator, thesaurus, dictionary, protractor, and other items they may need to help them get their work done.
Setting your student up for success, whether they are a brand new kindergartner just entering school or a senior finishing off their last year before moving on to college, can help them develop wonderful study habits.
What will you include in your kids' homework station?
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