As a parent educator, I’ve taught many classes on how to help your children with homework without actually doing it for them – a challenge that many families wrestle with. We all want our children to succeed at school and because we want them to succeed at life, we need to support them not do their school work for them. That’s an important distinction – our role is to support our children and make it possible for them to do their homework. Through my experience as a parent educator and as a mom of three, these are my seven favorite tips for back-to-school organization and school success.
All of these tips are free or cost pennies because I’m saving money everywhere I can to fund three college educations. Why waste money when you can use items you already have for free?
7 Tips for Back-to-School Organization
Establish a set time for homework and make homework time the focus of your after-school routine. Consider your child’s schedule and your family’s schedule. Find a set time that will work most days for your child do homework. In my family, homework time startes 15 minutes after my children get home. We talk about their day while they eat a snack and then they immediately start homework. On occasion an appointment, play date or a practice may impact our schedule, but that is rare. My children know the routine and the expectation to focus on their homework. It’s important to make a set homework time the cornerstone of your after-school schedule and don’t just fit homework in whenever you can around other activities. If you want your child to place an importance on completing homework then you need to place an importance on making time for her to do it.
Establish a set place for homework. The homework center can be a location that works best for your family. Some children need a quiet place with no distractions, while other children need to be near a parent for supervision and assistance. Having a set location for homework encourages your child to establish a homework routine that will help develop focus. For my family, sitting at the kitchen table has worked best. I’m able to help my children stay focused on homework and answer questions while I prepare dinner and handle other chores.
Make sure the supplies your child needs are available. The supplies your child needs to complete homework will vary depending on the age of the child and his teachers’ requirements. Keep all necessary supplies located together near your child’s homework area. This helps maintain your child’s focus rather than having him wander around the house looking for an item and losing focus. I keep our supplies in containers that my children can grab from the cabinet and carry to the table. Each container is clearly marked so my children don’t waste time searching for what they need.
Keep the homework supplies organized. If your child doesn’t have the supplies needed, then she can’t complete her homework When your child can quickly find the supplies she needs to complete her homework, it help her keep focused on her task. Organization doesn’t have to cost much at all to be effective. Try these free back-to-school organization ideas.
Clearly label the homework supplies. Labeling the supplies so you can stay organized this school year will help your child quickly find the supplies she needs and then put them away where they belong (so she can find them next time she needs them). Being able to find his supplies quickly means no wasted time or frustration for your child.
Keep a visible schedule of assignment due dates.
It can be as easy as placing the schedule inside the organizing box or as fancy as having a homework planner. Find what works best for yoru child and your family. The goal is to teach your child to plan ahead and manage the workload well.
Add a little fun.
Choose fun homework supplies and store them in containers decorated with your child’s favorite characters or theme. Homework is more interesting if means using your Frozen (or whatever character) supplies.
These are my these are my seven favorite tips for back-to-school organization and school success, what works for your family?
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