Monday, August 29, 2011

Kids School Desk At Home - Good Idea?

Are you kidding me?! Of COURSE it's a good idea to have a kids school desk at home. One thing I lacked growing up was having a place to call my own. Coming from a family with 8 kids made it hard to claim a spot for myself. Most of the time our desk was what is commonly referred to as a kitchen table. As I've though t about this over the years, especially now that I have my own kids, I've realized that while the kitchen table served the purpose of being a kids school desk, it probably wasn't the best for a learning, growing child. I mean, it worked great if all 8 of us crowded around it to do our homework at the same time...assuming Mom was there to keep us focused on our homework and not fighting with each other - "Stop hitting my elbow Jimmy!" or "Ewww Stephan farted and it's stinky" or "Julia, stop being so noisy!" Yes, these were all common phrases in my home as we did our homework around the table together. It probably wasn't the most productive option, but I can certainly sympathize with my mother who had the enormous chore of making sure we all got our homework done and done right.

Fast forward 20 years and now I'm the one with kids who need to get their homework done. I've decided that having them to their homework in the same room where the TV is on is not a good idea. I think anybody would agree that Spongebob and iCarly command the attention of young one much better than homework. Also, I feel like it's important for my kids to have a "homework area", a place where they can keep pencils and papers and scissors and calculators and other things that they will need as they do their homework. If they have a homework spot, I fugure that they'll be more keen on doing their homework instead of being disctracted by toys. Wow, did I really just use the word "Keen"? I haven't seen that word since a video game I played when I was 10 called "Commander Keen". Haha!

Anyway, this is what I ended up doing. I put a desk in my sons' rooms, yes, it also helps to keep them separated, that I got from Ikea. Just a simple kids school desk with a chair, light and homework supplies. It was fairly cheap, being from Ikea, so I don't expect it to last too long, but it gives them their OWN space where they can sit in peace and do their homework. When they don't have homework to do, it makes a nice place for them to draw or color or use for other activities to keep them busy.
So, in the end, the kids school desk has already made getting homework done MUCH easier and more efficient. When the homework is done, it's time to play!


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