Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tip #7: Create a Work Station

As many of you know, I absolutely love school. My job is one that I have dreamed about since I was a little girl. I look forward to going to work every day. August is. Y favorite month because it's when we all unpack our classrooms and start fresh.

I love school.

But this year, life in the Newkirk household will be different, because I will not be the only one headed to Midway every morning. Harlee will be going with me every single day, because she will be in kindergarten.

And in regards to this situation, there is something I want almost so bad I can taste it.  I want Harlee to love school as much as I do.  :)

Okay, I'm exaggerating a little bit. I'm not going to try and turn her into my mini-me (although it might be too late to avoid it...).

Instead, I want to give her tools at home to help out with making her school experience the best it can be.

That is why I have set up a work station for her.

The work station includes a child-sized desk, a desk lamp, some pencils, markers, crayons, and blank paper. I've also put some preschool and kindergarten workbooks in there for her to work on, if she wants to. I'm hoping that by having this quiet area for her to work, Harlee will feel more comfortable about coming home and spending time working, if she needs to.

I've put her desk in our office, fairly close to my desk. That way, if I need to do any grading or other work, we could be working side-by-side and spending some time together.

Sounds like heaven to me!!!

From the teacher perspective, I can tell you that I have had students come in on more than one occasion and say that their homework was not complete because they were missing some of the materials or supplies they needed at home.

I'm hoping a work station could not only up the chances of our kiddos getting their homework complete, but also serve as a motivating factor to come on in and get to work after school. If we build it into their routines, they will use the lifelong habit for many, many years!

So your challenge for today is to set up a work station at your house for your children to do their homework. Add the items you think they'll need. Make sure there is plenty of light and that it's in a quiet non-distracting place. And then add that homework time into your daily routine. You'll be glad you did.

And your children and their teachers will thank you later!

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