I have been working with a client recently on setting up a homework station in her home and since I’ve been searching for ideas, I thought I’d share some of my favorite that I found and tips to setting one up. Setting up a homework station doesn’t have to cost a lot and can be super fun in the creative department.
This is using an armoire and it’s one of my favorite ways to create a homework station. It hides all the little stuff and all the stuff that isn’t pretty to look at. But here they used small planters to create places for pens and pencils and then below, containers for glue, markers, stickers and paper.
When setting up your homework station you will need homes for the following:
glue sticks and tape
pencils, pens, and markers
paper; plain, ruled, and construction
scissors, rulers, and stapler,protractors
resource books like a dictionary, thesaurus, workbooks, and textbooks
flashcards and index cards
Like I said, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your homework station so look around at what you already have. Still, you may need to purchase a few key things to make it functional. Usually a desk or a table is enough to make your homework station work!
These wall hangers are from Pottery Barn and make excellent use of vertical wall space. Use each pocket for each child and an additional one for papers that parents need to address. Also create a resource pocket for things like school rosters and calendars.
When setting up your homework station think about what things your kids are always needing to complete their homework. This will change with age, but in general, they need supplies from the list above and a place to put papers that they are finished with.
As soon as the kids come barreling through the door, have them pull out their binders, folders, or other papers that they have brought home.
2. While they snack, sort out papers that need signed, reviewed, or returned to school. Separate homework papers that are graded and others that need your review. Any information papers, like flyers, reminders, memos, etc. set aside in a different pile.
3. When your kids are older (like 4th grade and beyond), have them do this process for you.
4. Anything that needs your review OR is an information sheet should go into one place. This place can be for ALL the kids because you are going to review all the papers. Each child should have a pile of graded work and a pile of either worksheets or assignments to be done.
These single wall pockets can be found at any office supply store. Add a chalkboard or bulletin board to complete the homework area.
Love the use of this crib to create a homework table! Add some chalkboard paint and you have awesome station. Notice the small buckets for containers. I have used this idea a bunch of times in both playrooms and homework areas. They are inexpensive and fun!
Notice the buckets again, this time hung from a cafe rod with S-hooks. This family also added fabric hangers from the back of the chairs that holds all their daily essential homework supplies.
When it comes to setting up your homework station get creative and repurpose as much as you can. Make it easy to find supplies and easy to put supplies away. It can be as simple as using a plastic set of drawers on wheels like this family did. You can roll the cart into a closet or corner when the kids are done and it’s out of sight for the rest of the night!