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6 Tips to Taming the Homework Monster

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Homework.  I know, I can hear your screams of frustration from here. Even with the brightest kids, keeping track of homework can be a challenge.  Here are 6 tips that have made all the difference in our household.

  • Routine. Find one that works and stick to it. For us, it’s get home, have a quick snack, then hit the homework. I’ve found that the longer you wait to start, the harder it is.
  • Wherever your child does her homework, make sure that she is well supplied. Colored pencils, protractor, extra loose-leaf paper, pencil sharpener, etc. I’ve seen kids (and parents!) waste over 30 minutes looking for the item they need to complete an assignment.
  • Some kids do better working in silence, some actually focus better with a little background noise. Figure out which works for your kids.
  • Keep track of bigger projects and teach your child to budget a little bit of time over several days to complete the project, instead of cramming it in the night before it’s due. This is a hugely important skill that will serve them well into adulthood.
  • Keep that backpack at its best! Most elementary schools send home all graded work on Fridays. Make it a habit of spending 10-15 minutes each Friday after school to go through this work with your child, while clearing out any papers that no longer need to be kept in the backpack.
  • Many schools systems have started kids on using agendas/planners, which I think is fantastic. Remember, this is a tool for you, too! Use it to track assignments as well as communicate with teachers.

I’d love to hear feedback from you on these tips. Do you have an awesome tip or trick to share? Please share in the comments!

3 comments

  1. Demetra says:

    Great tips for getting homework time together. I agree that routine is a great asset to getting work done in a timely fashion…for kids and adults. The supplies are a killer. It seems no matter how prepared I think I am one of the kids seems to need the one thing we don’t have

  2. Chrishelle @ Cheer MamaDrama says:

    Great tips. Thankfully mine are teens and pretty organized, but I still fight with their procrastination.

  3. Katherine G says:

    These are great tips. This is pretty much what The Husband and I do with our kids. We are beginning to tweak some things because we are coming to realize some things aren’t working.

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