Blogger Jennifer Green of Life in the Greenhouse shares 5 steps for creating a back to school homework station using art supplies and educational toys for kids from Tuesday Morning.
I feel like the school year was just wrapping up and here we are, more than half way through summer. If you’re like me, you vow to start the school with a fresh start and have every thing ready and lined up by the time August rolls around. In keeping true to my promises, I created a homework station to make those evening routines run a little more smoothly and I’m sharing 5 tips for you to create your own in your house!
Tuesday Morning had everything we needed to create an inexpensive, yet extremely efficient homework space and help this mom stay ahead of the back to school game. No more digging for pencils, or scrounging up enough crayons to complete the required homework for the evening. This will ensure all of the essentials have a spot and homework hour can run smoothly and efficiently.
1. Grab a functional cart to keep everything in one spot. Bonus points if it has wheels like this one I picked up from Tuesday Morning. We can easily roll it from room to room or even tuck it away in a closet when not in use. They came in several different colors, but I choose this pretty cream-colored cart for our station.
2. Gather everything you’ll need and keep it close by. When I work, I want everything to be close by and ready when I need it. It keeps me focused on the task at hand and leaves little room for distraction. Think of the homework station the same way. Go ahead and grab all the supplies, sharpen the pencils, and have everything ready for homework time! Have a big project coming up that you’ll need different supplies to complete? Collect them ahead of time. You’ll have a great place to store them! I stocked up on school supplies at Tuesday Morning for a fraction of the cost!
3. Don’t forget the manipulatives. Children solve problems in a variety of different ways and use hands-on tools to create meaningful engagement while learning. Go ahead and pick up a variety of educational toys for kids, like this bead counter that I found at Tuesday Morning to aide in learning.
4. Have a place for everything! Use clear plastic organizers and cups to keep supplies neatly organized. A clean and tidy work space will help with focus and ensure that everything can be found quickly when it’s needed. I found a variety of organizational tools at Tuesday Morning, and I even stepped outside of the box and found a few clear plastic refrigerator bins to line the bottom of the supply cart and hold everything in place!
5. Include fun and educational games for extra practice. My kids love games and I love sneaking in fun learning games that enhance what they’re learning in school. Use the cart to rotate a few educational games for even more learning! We like to keep a variety of games on hand, so it helps that I can pick them up at my local Tuesday Morning for a fraction of the cost. They also have plenty of puzzles and card games, too.
You’re all set! Go create your own homework station before the school year kicks off and you’ll be a step ahead! You can see more great ideas and inspiration over on Tuesday Morning’s, Back to School Pinboard.
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