School begins next week! We are looking forward to an awesome year of friendships and a new school. But, the homework? Not so much! 😉 There are a few ways to ensure that homework time at home doesn’t become a battle.
WAYS TO MAKE HOMEWORK TIME FUN:
1. Give your kids a routine. Every day, begin homework at the same time. I learned as a homeschooling mom, that the more routine I put into our day, the less battles I would encounter. I never had the question, are we doing school today? Are we doing math today? We always did it and it always began at the same time. Battle averted.
2. Feed them. Food makes everything better. If you are worried about them snacking, make it a healthy, fruity snack, it can even be baby carrots! You just can’t do brainwork when your body is depleted.
3. Let them unplug. Do you have an introverted child who is worn out by the interactions of the day? Let them have some quiet time before insisting on homework. Really figure out the routine they need for their unique personality/work style.
4. Do it together. Our family’s love language is quality time. So, homework can be enjoyable if we do it together. Elementary kids especially need the support of a parent during homework time.
5. Make it comfy. One thing that we did as a homeschooling family was working in front of the fireplace. During the winter, we cozied up to the fire. During the spring/fall, we worked outside. Make it someplace you want to be.
6. Don’t make them hunt for supplies. One thing I have learned about myself is if I have a central place for all my bill paying supplies, I will be more likely to do it. I don’t like the job, but it is much less a chore, if it is all organized and in one place. The same goes for your kids. If they have to look high and low for a pencil or glue, their homework will take more and more time, in turn making them dread it more. Give them all the supplies they will need and watch them fly through their homework!
ESSENTIALS for your HOMEWORK STATION:
(All the books, paper, folders, etc. should be in their backpacks, so are not included on this list.)
1. Writing utensils – Provide a variety pens, pencils, highlighters, markers.
4. Math tools – calculators or protractors, if needed.
5. Art tools – crayons, markers
6. Glue sticks and regular glue
8. Post it notes
9. iPad or computer – make it close, so if they need to research, they don’t have to leave the homework area.
10. Emergency snack – I have a granola bar tucked in just in case they begin drooping. You don’t want to lose your audience because you had to dig up a snack.
Instead of hating the process of nightly homework, I hope this helps you and your kids make it an enjoyable time together.
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Blessings on your upcoming year!
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