Are you looking for homework station ideas? We homeschool but I firmly believe that having a dedicated study station is important for learning. No matter if you homeschool or your children’s education is outside of the home.
Homework Station Ideas
Being organized for back to school makes studying at home a lot smoother. Having the tools to help organize your homework station is essential. This is why I have teamed up with Walmart to share how we organized our homework station this back to school season. I hope this inspires yours!
Where To Have a Homework Station
For our home learning space, we mostly use our dining area. A dining table can be a perfect study space when you are short on space for an additional desk in your home. In this central area of the home, I like to think of it as an anchor to our living and learning space.
If you have the space for a dedicated desk, this is perfect for independent learners who might want more of their own space. I have a small home office desk that has an additional pull-out section. This is great for days when I am working and the kids can be at my desk learning too.
I will mention that while I believe a dedicated homework station is important I also believe it is okay to stray away from the desk or table to learn. This is why I recommend purchasing things like clipboards from Walmart to have hard surfaces to write on when away from the table. Taking studies away from a dedicated area can help clear the mind from time to time.
What You Need at a Homework Station
The most important thing about organizing a homework station is to have everything close at hand. This can lessen distractions by having the tools your child needs right at their fingertips. As a homeschooling mom, it helps me in preparing lessons each day without worrying about needing to walk away from the table for every subject.
Toolbox of Supplies
Try putting together a toolbox for each child in your home that is filled with a glue stick, pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, colored pencils, etc. A toolbox of school supplies can be taken anywhere needed to study in the home. I like to keep ours on a small table near the dining table so that our kids can easily grab them.
When we are done with our day, I have our kids put everything back in their specific box to ensure everything stays together. Plus, having their own toolbox, there are fewer fights of who has what.
Keeping Things Together
For things like arts and crafts for projects, I like to keep everything together. There is nothing more frustrating than getting excited to put together a project only to find out that you don’t have everything you need. I like the crates you can purchase in the back to school aisles at Walmart to keep all of our arts and crafts items organized. I can easily inventory anything we might need for upcoming projects.
I also like to keep a set of paint brushes and a few other miscellaneous project tools in a pencil box for each child. Again, this keeps things together and avoids arguments of who owns what.
Folders are my friend. Every evening I prepare lessons for each child and place them in their dedicated folder. Once our kids have completed their lessons for the day, there is another specific folder for them to place their homework in for me to look over.
While I use our folders for preparing lessons for our kids, folders are also a perfect tool for families who school outside of the home. Assign each child their own folder to place forms that need to be signed, teacher’s notes, etc. when they return home from school every day. Use these folders to look through anything that needs to be taken care of and returned to backpacks for the following school day.
Book bins are fantastic if you homeschool or your child needs a place to have their school books and notebooks organized. We have a dedicated space for these in our home. Book bins are perfect on a shelf near your homework station to separate each bin by subject or student.
I love book bins for our homeschool lessons because each day I can grab what bins we need without searching for subject books. As I said before, keeping things organized really helps streamline learning.
Small Storage Boxes
I also recommend having a small box to organize things for what I like to call, “learning coaches”. That’s you, Mom, Dad, guardians! Having things like a small stapler, adult size scissors, pens, white out, and a hole punch can be useful to keep your child’s studies together or help them with their homework.
Being involved in your child’s education is so important. Having your own tools close at hand makes it easier to sit down and help as needed.
One other thing I like to keep in our homework station is dry erase boards. If you don’t have much space, a dry erase calendar is a great tool. It helps keep everyone on track. Kids can write in school events that might be coming up. Homeschool families can write in upcoming lessons. It is a great command center for home study.
I also like to keep a clock in our homework station for lessons and to keep an eye on how long studies are taking place. Breaks are so important.
A Few Extras
I always think it is a good idea to keep extra paper, index cards, notebooks, and extra writing supplies for your homework station too. You just never know when your child might need them and no one wants to run to the store when short on time. Keep a few extra items for less stress.
With some of these ideas, you can put together your own homework station. Remember to keep things simple and close by for less stress during studies. When you and your children are equipped with the right tools and a study space, learning becomes easier to manage.