Disorganization at home can quickly undermine organization at school. To keep your child on track, create a dedicated homework space stocked with the tools needed to succeed.
Find a place in your home that can serve as a designated homework spot. Whether it’s the kitchen counter, dining room table, or home office, make sure it’s far enough away from the television, computer, radio, or other siblings to minimize distractions. Keep this homework spot clean.
A computer may be necessary to complete certain assignments. That’s okay! Monitor your child’s usage accordingly.
You also want to give your child the supplies he or she might need to complete an assignment. Create a “homework basket” that contains pencils, sharpeners, crayons, markers, glue sticks, and index cards. You can customize it based on your child’s individual needs.
Designating a homework time is just as important as designating a homework space. A consistent, dedicated span of homework time helps your child learn to play his or her day. An added benefit? Neighborhood kids know when they can and can’t come over to play! Choose a time that works for your family’s schedule—some prefer right after school or just after supper. Pick one, and let your child know that homework time is non-negotiable.
Organize an area in your home to serve as the designated homework spot. Place school supplies in a basket at the designated spot so he or she never has to look for necessary homework tools. Finally, choose a homework time and stick with it.