Back to school means time for homework time! It’s the least favorite time of day for moms, dads, and kids. Having a great spot organized for homework makes it easier to get this job done. Easy to access supplies helps your child stay focused and on task. Will one of these stations will help you and your child be more efficient and effective?
- Remember when you were in school and did your homework in your room? How much did you accomplish? Have an honest discussion with your child about doing homework in this space and assess if this works well. Stock a small sterilite 3 drawer desk top container with supplies like tape, scissors, and mini stapler in one drawer, pens and highlighters in one drawer, and pencils and colored pencils in a drawer.
- Dining rooms are a great place for homework. It is just one step away when you are making dinner if you need to answer a question. Your child can hear the sounds around the house but still work in a quiet environment. Stock a small utensil caddy with supplies. The caddy can be moved during dinner time.
- Multiple kids doing homework at the same time? Place a long table against an available wall, place cork boards on the wall facing each child’s place, and place a shoebox with supplies for each child with each chair.
- Have a starting time for homework. A little time off and a protein based snack are a good break before getting started. The earlier your child starts, the easier it is to get homework done.
- Timers help kids get started on their homework. Help your child get started or get finished using a clock faced timer. Set the timer for 15 – 20 minutes. If your child is working when the timer rings, then just keep going with homework. If not, have your child take a 5 minute break, walk around, get a drink, and then reset the timer and work again.
- After homework is complete, be sure you see your child return the homework to a homework folder and pack the backpack. This prevents losing completed homework!