Homework Solution: So Far…So WONDERFUL!

by Kris on September 20, 2009

School is now full-steam ahead, and homework is now a reality…a far cry from our summer of “notta-lotta.” So when I browsed through my most recent issue of Family Fun magazine, and found this FABULOUS idea, I knew I wanted to give it a try!

It has worked out SO WELL. Mom wants to do cartwheels! Having your own homework space does wonders.

I went to Walmart and purchased those simple, 3-fold boards. You know, the kind that we used to do science projects with! I then just set out a bunch of crayons, markers, glue sticks, and stickers that I already had on hand. They went to town!

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I also purchased a thin sheet of corkboard for each of the kids from our local office supply store. They attached them to the boards and now I have a place to leave them notes with a thumbtack such as, “Don’t forget you have piano lessons today at 2:45!” or “Thanks for the big hug this morning!” :)

My 1st grader decided to make his corkboard look like a baseball diamond!

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Each have their own canister filled with crayons, markers, pencils, etc. (All that back-to-school stuff that we could get dirt-cheap from Walmart this year!) This has helped resolve the, “I-can’t-find-a-pencil!!!” ordeal!

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I also decided to take this idea one step further and made up 2 lists on the computer that attach to the boards at the top and are changed out each month. One list is their “to-do” list so they can check off each item as they go. The other list is a small chart in which they get a sticker each day they complete the entire to-do list. Once that chart is filled up, a special treat will be in store.

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A plastic ruler hangs down from a small hook. An envelope at the bottom of their boards holds the flashcards they are currently working on.

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A sense of “privacy” has seemed to really help them focus on what is in front of them, rather than noticing the silly face that little brother or sister is making across the table! LOL

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What other things have you found to help with your children’s homework routine each night?¬†We’d love to hear!

{ 5 comments }

1 Connie 09.20.09 at 10:23 pm

Very cool. It’s like their own personal cubicle! It looks like it works well too!

2 Sabrena 09.24.09 at 12:29 pm

I LOOOOVE THIS!! I have been worried about my daughter’s lack of attention to schooling(we homeschool) and been praying for something that will help us both and this is it!! I knew that I had some cardboard in the attic, so I used it instead of presentation board(reduce, reuse, recycle baby!!).

3 Annie 09.24.09 at 7:49 pm

This sounds great! We homeschool too. We’ll give it a try for our together table work. For our oldest who has some issues about staying on task. We already use a very large box (refrigerator size) that has my son’s one piece school desk/attached chair fit into nicely. This has been a great focus box for him. It is very plain inside and the doors are just flapped open. It is in the basement where we do most all of our instruction time anyway. A light bulb is conveniently positioned above a hole in the top. It has been great when the little children are playing and my son finds it hard to focus. He doesn’t spend too much time and with a chair pillow quite likes it.

4 Alisha 10.08.09 at 7:51 am

This is genius!!! Love it!

5 Karen 12.03.09 at 10:21 am

If your child is prone to visual distractions they can still decorate the outside of it, and keep the inside plain. I love this idea!!
Karen

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