Homework strikes fear in the hearts of kids and parents! And getting organized with your child can be tough! Here are a few products that can make a difference for both of you!
Start the process with open minded listening to your child. The system you create needs to be the one they own, not your’s. By presenting several different ways to do the same thing, you are co-creating the system, not demanding it.
System 1. Single 3 inch binder with multiple slash pockets with tabs. Purchase 6 sets of slash pockets. Line up the pockets by color, grouping all the blue together, all the pink together etc. Label as follows with a label maker:
Math hw, Math notes, Math test/quizzes
Eng hw, Eng notes, Eng test/quizzes
Sci or Bio or Chem hw, etc.
Determine if homework is going into each section, or is the one place for homework in a the front pocket of the notebook. Be sure to be specific on each slot the paper goes so every type of paper has one slot.
System 2. Accordian file. Purchase a 7 slot accordian file. Label each tab, including the following, HW, classes in order of the day, notebook paper.
Once the system is established, establish the routine. Papers are always in one of the slots, never in the backpack. Once the marking period is complete, the paper moves to the desk top paper sorter, labeled by class. This way only the current paper is being carried back and forth to school.
The Big Mouth Sorter fits directly into the back pack as an alternative to the accordian file . Again, label it by class in chronological order of the day.
Establish routines for students with starting and completing homework. Homework should start after a snack and a little time off. It should be completed no later than 9 pm. The time timer helps students stay in track during homework time. It is a visual reminder of their work time. I recommend using a “power period” of 50 minutes of work and 10 minutes off. This way students remain motivated and get the work done. At the end of homework time, everything is packed away and placed at the landing strip to head out in the morning.