Where do your kids do their homework? What about special projects? Now that school is back in session, it’s time to prepare for all of those projects and lengthy homework sessions.
In our house, our study center is an extension of our command center. While both kids have desks in their rooms, we have one central area chock full of supplies and on the main floor in case they need my help. Creating this space does not have to be an expensive endeavor. It doesn’t require a lot of square footage. It does need to be functional and accessible.
We’ve talked about our command center before, mentioned it frequently, in fact. It’s a mixture of function and fun as you can see above. The chore board, the mail slots for each of us, and the chalkboard complete with grocery list pad. It’s centrally located and an obvious choice to expand into a study center.
The Anatomy of the Study Center
We thought a lot about our study center as a team. When working at the study center, my kids use my office chair (it really helps my son keep focused because he can move a little). Pencils, pens, markers, and more are stocked and readily accessible. The egg timer (of course, a cute little owl), is really useful to help teach a sense of timing and urgency, especially if you have a kiddo with attention and/or executive function struggles.
Though the kids start school with a number of notebooks, paper, and everything else, I make sure that there are extra binders (grab them up from clearance whenever you see them) and paper so that’s not an excuse to get up and move around. If everything is ready to go then there is no excuse to NOT work.
The Dos and Don’ts of a Study Center
Do keep the station well stocked.Don’t let items build up on your study center (or your command center for that matter). It’s enticing to just drop stuff on the nice clean surface but resist the urge!
Do hold the kids accountable for letting you know when there is a shortage of something.
Don’t force your kids to work at the study center if they have demonstrated an ability to work elsewhere independently.
Do leave open cubes for the storage of longer term projects.
Don’t hover but don’t be invisible in case your kiddos need you!
Do use goal sheets if they help (you can’t see ours because they are part of the command center but they exist).
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