2013 10 02 Creating a Successful Work Station for Your Child

posted Oct 14, 2013, 10:13 AM by Wade King PTA Drive   [ updated Oct 14, 2013, 1:35 PM ]

All children benefit from having a clean, organized space in which to work on their home work.  Creating such a space – using three basic ideas – will help your child get through nightly home-based assignments with greater ease and develop good study habits from an early age.

1)     Find a space that works for your child.

On the floor, at a desk, in a corner…what works best for them to get their work done?  Do they want music when they work – or not?  Your job in setting up a work station is finding the place/conditions where they can be successful and produce their best work; let them have a voice in deciding what space works best for them.  Some children like quiet, others prefer ambient noise, others like music.  Each child has unique preferences about their environment.  The evidence of success – or the need to make a change – is in the work they produce!

2)     Provide them with all the tools they need so there is no excuse to get up and get something.

  • Place the following items (and any others you can think of) in a basket in your child’s work space:

·       Scissors     Glue sticks     Scotch tape     Pencils     Erasers     Colored pencils and pens     Post It Pads (in different sizes)     Folders     A ruler     Shape templates     

·       A calculator  NOTE:  make sure the calculator you purchase uses algebraic logic (What is 2+3 x 5?  No, not 25!  17 is the correct answer, believe it or not, if you follow the proper order of operations. TI-10 or TI-15 are inexpensive and do the job!)

  • Provide them with reference materials and resources developed for children (see list) including:

·       A dictionary     A style guide for writing     A thesaurus     An atlas

·       Access to a computer (optional)—NOTE:  if your child uses the computer to search for information be sure to teach them about search terms and how to use them to refine their search.  “Dinosaurs” produces more than 49 million results.


3)     Be available for questions.

Reference Books for Kids


The American Heritage Student Dictionary

American Heritage Children’s Dictionary

Merriam-Webster’s First Dictionary

Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary

Merriam- Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary

Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus for Students

Webster’s New World Children’s Dictionary


Style Manuals

Write Source

         There is a book for each grade level!

The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need



Children’s World Atlas

National Geographic Student Atlas of the World

National Geographic Kids Beginner Atlas

NG Kids World Atlas

The Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the World


Math and Science Dictionaries

The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Math

Math Dictionary: Homework Help for Families

Math Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide

Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science

Science Dictionary: Dover Children’s Science Books

Scholastic Science Dictionary



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