With school season about to start, kids are gearing up to see friends, meet teachers, and tackle homework once again. While kids should be responsible for their own homework, Mom and Dad can help out by creating a healthy learning environment at home. One idea is to set up an area near the kitchen that is conducive to homework. The kitchen is the hub of the home. As parents are preparing meals or going through paperwork in the kitchen, they can be available to help kids with their homework as needed.

Here are a few ideas for creating a study area in or near your kitchen:

  • Free up drawers – Drawers in the kitchen are traditionally devoted to kitchen utensils and cooking tools. If you can spare a drawer or two, designate them for school supplies, including pens, calculators, and rulers.
  • Use the island – Convert the kitchen island into a study area for your children. Free up a cabinet for kids to store their papers and books in. That way, they won’t have to keep running back and forth between their room and the kitchen area to retrieve their study materials. Keep the counter clear so kids will have a good surface to work on.
  • Create charging stations – Kids need to charge their laptops, tablets, and other devices. Create a charging station in or near the kitchen so they don’t have to wander around the house every time they need to power up.
  • Install a clock – Make sure there is a highly visible clock in the kitchen. This will help kids pace themselves and complete all of their homework before bedtime.
  • Display accomplishments – Create a space for hanging kids’ graded homework, certificates, art projects, and more.

Add to the ambience and functionality of your kitchen with a chalkboard. You don’t necessarily need more wall space—you can convert your appliances into chalkboards. Cover them in chalkboard wallpaper from Appliance Art. You can even start young with a chalkboard for nursery school students that you can use to teach basic letters and numbers.