Looking for a simple, functional weekend DIY project for your home? Consider creating a custom homework corner for your children. Creating a dedicated space in your home for the kids to study can increase productivity, clear up paper clutter and provide an unexpected boost in style.
Why a homework corner?
The best place for a child to do homework is in their room, with the door closed…right? In theory your child’s room is the best place for them to work – but the distractions can be seemingly endless. Toys and music, television, books and more can sidetrack your little ones from completing their assignments. Creating a dedicated space for your children to focus can make all the difference. Not only can you clear up homework clutter in their rooms, you’re also giving them a place to call their own – empowering them and renewing their motivation to succeed. Bonus: when they ask for your help, you can work on projects together in a common space – never worrying about invading the privacy of their bedroom.
What do I need?
Start by finding the best space for your child’s homework corner. Try choosing an area of your home that’s well lit, and if possible, quieter than more common areas. A guest room or finished basement can be ideal. The space should be small enough to be manageable, but large enough to accommodate necessary pieces:
Workspace: Select a good sized desk or table that’s large enough to accommodate standard homework notebooks and papers, as well as larger projects such as science fair displays.
Chair: For those long study sessions and complicated projects, picking a comfortable, yet supportive chair is essential.
Outlet: Your child will need to plug in a lamp, computer, and be able to charge a mobile phone or tablet device. With 2 ports for USB charging, as well as 2 outlets for standard plug-ins Leviton’s Duplex USB Charger/Tamper Resistant Outlet is a perfect choice to accommodate a variety of devices in one convenient outlet.
Surge Protector: If one outlet just isn’t enough, Leviton’s Surge Protection Devices can offer additional plug-ins for your child, while protecting their sensitive electrical equipment. It’s simply a must-have for electrical safety.
Lamp: Use a desk or floor type lamp with an adjustable neck to focus light where it’s needed. Useful for projects that have small pieces or require crafting.
Bookshelf: Dedicate a space to your child’s growing library of books, supplies, and tools.
When designing your child’s space, include them in the process from start to finish by allowing them to pick a new lamp, chair, or supply box. Giving them the freedom to personalize their space can help them feel independent, and doing it together will create a special memory you can both share.
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