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Lakewood, OH 44107

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Create a Winning Study/Homework Space for Your Child

School is in full swing. By now you’ve got the lunch drill down and the uniforms or jeans are getting their full use. But what about your child’s homework? Is it still perched on the kitchen table or on the coffee table in front of the TV?

One of the most important things you can do to help your child with homework is to organize a well-stocked, efficient study space. About.com’s Ann Logsdon has listed a few great suggestions to make this happen.

First, understand that distraction is the enemy of good study habits, so dedicate a study space that’s away from the television. However, if your child is using a computer to help with homework, be sure the space is accessible so you can monitor what sites are viewed and whether they are appropriate.

Second, let your child help choose how the homework space will be arranged. Some students need a desk and chair; others do better in a beanbag chair and lap desk. In any case, make sure there is adequate lighting and enough room to spread open a book and write a paper.

Next, make sure your child has the supplies he or she needs. Whether it’s pencils and a sharpener or a CD-ROM encyclopedia, stock the essentials in the immediate study area.

Logsdon also said to consider providing “low tech” reference materials such as a dictionary. Books provide benefits that are different from the Web. For instance, using a dictionary helps students develop alphabetization skills.

There are a number of Internet resources to help students with their homework, including Discovery Education, Infoplease, Homeworkspot.com, Fact Monster, and the Homework Help Forum, Jiskha.com. When using these resources, understand that if you only have a dial-up Internet connection, the lack of speed may be very frustrating for your child.

Finally, your child’s school library or your local public library can be a good source both of advanced materials to reference or check out, as well as computers with high-speed connections. Check with a librarian for suggestions on materials that are appropriate for your child.

Written by CJ Yeoman