Now that school is in full-force for most kiddos, you are probably wondering where you can set-up a home work station for all of those projects and “optional” activities that are coming home in your child’s backpack. It’s fun and relatively easy to play school right in your own home. In fact, researchers say that kids who have a defined work space within the home actually do better in school.
I can’t remember all of the specifics, but there is something special to a kid about having a designated space to work, with no distractions, stocked with educational supplies. If a child knows where she is able to unload, get creative, and concentrate, it enhances the whole academic environment.
Start now and start early with a space for your little scholar. We have ours in the basement rec room. The idea is that the girls (and us) make our way to the “study spot” every day for a half-hour. It doesn’t really have be true homework, but perhaps game time or putting a puzzle together. We might review the contents of Kate’s backpack, or practice writing letters. Whatever it is, it’s educational–and hopefully fun!
Here’s what we have stocked in the Study Spot:
- Markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens, pencils, erasers
- Paint, easel, paper
- Old mail–catalogs, junk, un-used business reply envelopes
- Stamps, stickers, embellishments
- Construction paper, notebooks, writing pads
- Flashcards, BrainQuest
- Magnetic letters and numbers
- Coloring books
- Workbooks like mazes, ABCs, dot-to-dots, basic math
- Games and puzzles
Here’s a link from the New York Times talking about the same thing (only a bit more eloquently!) : Thanks, Liz!! http://www.facebook.com/l/6f3fb;www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=homepagehttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/07/health/views/07mind.html?src=me&ref=homepage“