7. Carve out a quiet spot. A serene spot to study is essential for school-age kids, especially in a busy household. Find a space to dedicate to homework and quiet reading, and make sure no one interrupts when it is being used. It could be a desk in the child's room, a small table and chair placed in your own home office, or even a built-in desk tucked into a small closet or alcove.Aside from good lighting, a clear workspace and a comfortable chair, consider including a calendar or bulletin board, an object to fiddle with while thinking and a potted plant or flowers.