When I was teaching in preschool, during the summer months we were in our classroom setting up learning stations for the various ages of the students – for some it was their first time away from the Family Unit and others it was their third year in the classroom. Just like a preschool teacher, you will need to set up a homework area that is adaptable for everyone.
Make sure the area has everything the little professors will need to complete their homework and school assignments. Make sure the sharp supplies are up and out of the way of the younger learners. All you need is a table – like the dining room table, enough elbow room for everyone. A bookcase or buffet that holds the school and office supplies. Or a near by closet or pantry that is only being used to warehouse unwanted kitchen purchases. Put the supplies for little learners on the low shelves with picture labels so they can be independent in getting what they need and clean up after themselves.
The final and most important step is when an area is located, the redesign is completed – you must come up with the Homework Area Rules. For example, if the older children listen to music while studying – have them wear their ear buds to not disturb others. If the younger ones are listening to music in the background, play it softly. Place a mark on the volume dial to indicate the music volume cannot go higher than the black mark or write the number of volume level the music needs to stay at while studying. Example of some rules: Be Respectful, Be Helpful, Be Kind and lastly, Clean up for the next person. As a family unit come up with your own rules and have everyone sign off on them, this way when the arguing, crying and screaming starts . . . and it will ~ just point to the rules!
Please comment below if you have your own corner of the home or space as your “Homework Area” Please share with pics – I love looking at others’ designs. If there is anything I can help you with – check out my services.
Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl