Homework & study skills

At a Glance: How to Make a Portable Homework Station

By Amanda Morin

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Whether you live in a big house or a small apartment, a portable homework space can be a great way to help your child stay focused when it’s time to settle down and do his work.

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At a Glance: How to Make a Portable Homework Station

It’s hard to do your homework if you’re always hunting for a pencil or can’t find a place to concentrate. These strategies can help your child cut through homework clutter and be more productive.

Make a supply caddy.
Organize school supplies in compartments that are easy to see and access. A shower caddy can work nicely for this. It’s easy to tote from room to room. You can also glue a plastic cup into a caddy section if there are drainage holes that pencils could fall through.

Another option, if you’re in the mood for a fun craft project, is to make your own supply caddy out of two
cereal boxes. You can find good tutorials online.

Screen out distractions.

Use a tri-fold screen to help your child stay on task. For many kids with learning and attention issues, turning off the TV isn’t enough. Sitting in front of a window can be very distracting. The same is true for sitting within view of toys or other objects.

A tri-fold screen is easy to set up and put away. You can buy one at an oce-supply store or make one out of a cardboard box. Cut out three sides of the box. Let your child choose which color duct tape to cover the edges with to give the screen a more polished look.

Let your child choose where to study.

Does your child work best sitting at the kitchen table or hunkered down on the floor in his room? Maybe he doesn’t have one preferred spot but needs to move around to different locations. Letting him choose where he does his homework could make him less resistant to actually doing it!
Graphic of At a Glance: Creating a Portable Homework Space
Graphic of At a Glance: Creating a Portable Homework Space

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Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Jenn Osen-Foss, M.A.T., is an instructional coach, supporting teachers in using differentiated instruction, interventions and co-planning.

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