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By: Clair Cook, author of
Posted on: Aug 16, 2021

Back to School: Setting up the perfect kid's homework station

Is it really August already? The summer went by a little too fast! Here we are preparing for the beginning of the new school year. Getting organized and prepped before the beginning of the school makes things go a little more smoothly, especially when you are transitioning from a summertime routine. My favorite hack is putting together a kids homework station!

Prepping for the new school year.

I normally am one who loves to get organized and have my planner filled. So, it is no wonder that I am all about having things prepped for the new school year. What are some of the ways that I prep? Most of these things are probably ones that you already do.

I make sure that everyone is set with lunchboxes and durable backpacks. We lucked out this year with backpacks. My older two are reusing their backpacks from last year since they are still in good shape. Just threw them in the washer and allowed them to air dry.

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Uniforms are another thing that I prep ahead of time. I like to have plenty of uniform tops and bottoms to make it to at least halfway through the week. Need to have ample time for washing! Of course, these things would not be necessary if you homeschool. One thing is necessary though: a kids homework station!

Kids Homework Station Ideas.

We have tried homework stations in the past, and I truly believe these need to be planned out for them to be successful. Why do they need to be planned out? You want to make sure you have what is truly needed in them instead of random things that will only cause a distraction during a time that they do not need to be distracted.

I would start off with a storage caddy of some sort. You don’t have to go out and spend a lot of money on one. I grabbed a few plastic colorful ones for only $3. If you have multiple kids, you are going to want to have each kid their very own. Believe me, this is a must. Each caddy should contain items that they will need to complete homework assignments.

back to school - kids homework station

Pencils, erasers, and a pencil sharpener. Other items that you may want to include are crayons, glue and scissors. I would not put these items in the caddy unless they need them. They will become a distraction if not. Another great thing to have is clear tape. This is for when they accidentally rip their homework and want it fixed.

If you have older kids, you may want to include other items that will pertain to their more advanced homework.

Designated quiet spot.

I love using the school caddies for many reasons. They not only help keep things organized, but they can be moved around. Always set your homework station in an area that is quiet without a whole lot of distractions. I promise you that they will be looking for those distractions when they are supposed to be doing their homework. It is better to avoid having any at all.

What are some common distractions? Noisy areas near a door that is used frequently, like a front or back door. You obviously do not want a TV to be in the same vicinity as the homework station. Toys or other play items that will keep your kid from wanting to do their homework need to be absent as well.

If your kid does well with listening to music, you could always get them some headphones so that it does not distract anyone else.

My homework station must-haves.

Most kids will be doing some form of technology when it comes to their homework. I know my kids have needed computer time for certain things. Make sure whatever technology you are using has other apps or sites blocked during homework time. Great products to have on hand when it comes to technology is a great mouse pad as well as a sufficient carrying case for those who will be using an iPad.

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My youngest cannot wait to conquer all her homework with her iPad this year. Outside of technology, you will want to have writing utensils that are easy for them to use. I don’t let them use a pen unless it is required. Good erasers are most definitely a must. I can’t tell you how many erasers we went through last school year.

Did you know that they have so many cute and fun pencils, erasers, and notebooks for kids? Having cute options will make the homework station livelier and fun - like these new favorites of mine from Continental Accessory corporation. This new line of folders, composition books, binders, and more are treated with Microban® antimicrobial technology to keep them protected from the growth of bacteria.

As I mentioned above, you will need art and craft items. I would keep these in another local storage spot where they can be easily pulled out when needed. Whenever I have put them in their homework station, I would catch them doodling instead of doing their homework. This homework did not call for that time of work.

Snacks are a plus.

Homework is normally done some time after the kids return home from school, meaning late afternoon when they are ravenous. Do your kids come home like they have not eaten all day? I know mine do! You want to make sure they have had their afternoon snack before you set them up with their homework. If you can trust them with having food around their homework, you can set up a little snack tray for them.

My kids feel special when they have all these snacks ready to go for them.

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Make it fun, but homework fun.

Last but most certainly not least, I would try to make this kids homework station an area that they want to do their homework. Most kids are not a fan of homework, but we can make it a tad bit more enjoyable. Add a touch of color with the school caddies and opt for fun writing utensils and notepads. If you have a permanent area set up for them, you can even add fun and colorful décor to make it more inviting.

Most of all, let them know they got this!