Frustrated with your current homeschool workstation? Here are some tips to help you create a neat, organized space for your kids to do their school work.
Take a few minutes to jot down what’s been working…and what’s not. If your kids all happily sit at the dining room table together to do their schoolwork, keep doing that. But, if your kids fight or are too loud to sit together, plan on making a change. Once you have your list of all the things that work, and the things that don’t, you can start implementing changes to make the homeschool days go a little more smoothly.
Pick a Designated Area
To keep the kids in schoolwork mode, designate a set area for them to do their work. Ideally, this won’t be a place where they do other relaxing activities. For my kids, sitting at a table or at a desk helps to keep them on track. But, you know what works best for your kids, so if a comfy chair in the living room works, then let them work there.
Make sure your child has everything they need to complete their homeschool work. It’s difficult for anyone to stay on track when they have to keep getting up to get a pencil or a box of crayons. Make a list of everything they might possibly need and have it available. For my kids, this includes a laptop, headphones for zoom calls or watching instruction videos without disturbing their siblings, pencils, and scrap paper. Plus, if you are trying to work while they are doing school work, having all the materials ready will hopefully lead to fewer interruptions for you. We love this homeschool cart from Intentional Homeschooling!
Troubleshoot Technology Issues
In addition to having all the necessary materials at hand, you’ll want to make sure all technology is working properly before the kids start their workday. Have them write down all their passwords and put them somewhere they can easily find them. Check to make sure they can access all the sites and programs they need.
Add Some Fun To The Homeschool Space
Since most kids will homeschool for the remainder of the year, you might as well embrace the homeschool workspace. Make the area fun and use their classroom as an inspiration. Hang up colorful pictures. Display their artwork. Let them get in on the fun and decorate their space. A Girl and A Glue Gun has a great tutorial for displaying your child’s artwork!
Clean Up Every Day
In school, at the end of the school day, most children work together to clean up the classroom. Instill that practice at home. Each child should be responsible for straightening their homeschool workstation when they complete their work. It’s such a nice feeling to begin the day with a nice, organized space, instead of starting out looking at yesterday’s mess.
When setting up your homeschool workstation, think of what you typically set up for a homework station. Use those same principals, just on a bigger scale.