How to Create a Homework HQ

Design a space that works well for schoolwork and keeps your kid on track all year.

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Create a Homework HQ

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Create a Homework HQ

A special study space can make homework more fun and help motivate your child to get it done! Choose a space in your house that's least likely to distract your child, and use our tips to create a simple, organized, and kid-friendly homework HQ.

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Plan Ahead

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Plan Ahead

Teach your child to manage homework and project deadlines by hanging a personalized calendar above his desk.

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Clear Clutter

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Clear Clutter

Make room on the desktop for the basics, which should include an adjustable lamp -- and get rid of everything else! A neat work area will help him be more efficient.

Create an "in box" and "out-box" so important permission slips and notes aren't lost.

Tidy up desktop dust-collectors in jars.

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3 Things Parents Can Do to Help Kids Manage Homework

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Choose a Simple Setup

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Choose a Simple Setup

A desk and chair that are clean in design will grow with your child. Add a throw pillow or a cushion to the chair for extra support, comfort, or height.

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Keep the Time

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Keep the Time

Hang a clock with large numbers so your child can stay on schedule.

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Display Keepsakes

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Display Keepsakes

Celebrate special papers and artwork (and prevent pileups!) by hanging them from a clothesline.

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Check Your Bag

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Check Your Bag

Install a backpack hook near the work area so assignments are always within reach.

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Sort Supplies

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Sort Supplies

Turn an open bookshelf into a kid-friendly file cabinet for papers, art materials, and more.