When your child is in the classroom they are learning in a naturally calm environment. While there are other kids around to socialize with when it is time to do their work, the room gets quiet, they have their own space to go to and their own supplies to use. As children get older and the homework starts piling up it is important to give them a similar environment at home. Homework often starts as early as first grade and teaching children good study skills early will set them up for a successful academic career.
One of the most common reasons kids work better at school is because they are in a quiet work environment. Set up a space in your home where your child can do their homework. It may be in their bedroom, your office or any other area where they won’t be disturbed by conversation or younger siblings. It is also important for children to have their own space that they can keep organized with the things they need to complete their assignments. Provide them with a desk that is fitted to their needs, a student in first grade needs different things than a student in seventh grade.
Fill their workspace with a proper chair for their size, a desk lamp, pencil holder and all the supplies they may need such as pens, pencils, scissors, a ruler, etc. Supply your child with three labeled folders, one for work that still needs to be completed, one for work that is finished and another for graded work that they need to keep for an upcoming test or papers for their ongoing assignments.
Creating a calm study environment at home will help your children succeed in school and give them great work skills for life. Make it their responsibility to keep their desk clean and organized. Teach them to go through their folders at the end of each week and throw out papers they no longer need. Learning to let go of paper now will help them let go of paper in the future. If they are still young you may want to check before they throw anything away but as they grow they will learn what to keep and what needs to go.