It’s that time of year again! Store shelves, now stripped of sunscreen and sparklers, are stocked full of pencils, paper and Purell. Although you may or may not have already taken your annual family vacation, each trip to your favorite retailer serves as an in-your-face reminder that it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school.
Being a homeowner, you probably don’t view your biggest investment as being a potential asset in improving your childrens’ quality of education. But, there are many creative ways to use the space in your house to facilitate efficient learning!
Here are a few helpful tips to get your kiddos off to the right start:
Paint a Chalk Wall: A super-duper, awesome, and fun idea is to designate one wall in your home’s common area for chalk paint. This wall can be used to draw chore lists, write inspirational quotes, leave notes or to encourage creative expression. You could even get the kids busy painting the wall as a cool end-of-summer day project!
Create a Charging Station: Everyone is constantly plugged in to technology in these modern times of ours. One way to reduce your children’s screen time and to keep them focused on homework is to set up one spot in the home where electronics can be left to charge. Ideally, this location will not be convenient to seating (ie: the kitchen counter).
Designate a Study Zone: While study halls are a thing of the past in schools, that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own at home! Convert a spare bedroom or finished space into a distraction-free place for your kids to do their homework and prepare for exams. This is also a great place to store all educational supplies and avoid having them get lost in the rest of the house. Thus, no more 10 PM runs to the drug store on the night before a project is due because little Johnny can’t find the markers!
Cubbies/Baskets: If you have more than one child, all of the paperwork and forms can be hard to keep track of. It doesn’t take long before the house is cluttered and Susie can’t find her permission slip for the zoo. A quick trip to the dollar store can give you peace of mind! Purchase some sort of container for each child to place their permission slips and other documents every day when they return from school. These containers should be stored in a well-trafficked area of the home. In the evening, you can check their baskets at a specified time.
Don’t ignore your home’s potential when it comes to easing the stress of back-to-school time. By following these tips, you’ll be better equipped to prepare your children for greatness while getting the most out of your investment!