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