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The breakfast table or dining table is a great place to designate as your official homework area. You can prepare dinner and keep your eyes on your little workers at the same time.
Here's an example of an architectural nook set aside for after-school work. The space is differentiated with a different color paint than the rest of the room; it's a room within a room.
This homework area build-out offers everything children need to get their work done: a writing surface, task lighting, a corkboard, closed storage and cushioned seating.
Maybe your kids are easily distracted? Provide each child with a place to get his or her work done, but face them in opposite directions. This setup keeps learners focused on their own homework, rather than being visually distracted by a sibling.