Ahhh, back to school time has arrived. The time of year where August is the month that absolutely depletes your bank account, everyone is grouchy, and you are no longer only responsible for yourself in the mornings! Not only do you have to get yourself ready for work in the mornings, you must put up with fixing breakfasts, packing lunches, getting clothing ready and ironed, etc.etc. Along with that you are expected to deliver your children to school on time, well rested, clean, and happy with making it to work on time. The kicker of it all is after you have worked all day, been a taxi to after school activities, and fixed dinner you have a child that has homework that somehow becomes your homework, or maybe they are in tears because the book was left at school that they needed for their assignment, or their paper has been lost! Your night is shot.
First of all, do not panic. There are solutions other than yelling and total despair when it comes to homework. Please continue reading these tips to ensure that everyone in your household survives the school year.
If your child’s teacher does not send home a syllabus or homework policies-EMAIL THE TEACHER AND ASK! That way you will know the expectations of homework from the very beginning of the year. A lot of teachers post their homework assignments online!
Purchase your child a calendar/planner. Stress to your child the importance of writing down all assignments, when they are due, and make it clear that you will be looking.
Purchase your child locker shelving. It is worth every penny of the 9.99 at Office Depot. This will allow text books and folders to be on easy display so that your child will be able to find what he/she needs to bring home.
TIP #4 Every child needs a back pack that comes home nightly. MUST HAVE!
TIP #5 Make sure that your child has a homework folder for each subject. The folders need to have three holes to fit in a three ring binder. It is an ABSOLUTE MUST to have a three ring binder designated for homework only. It is a great way for the child to be able to organized in a very simple way. For example, pull out the binder, turn to the math folder and slip the math worksheet in the labeled math folder. The homework binder is never taken out of the backpack unless the child is putting an assignment in it. After the assignment goes in the designated folder the binder then goes straight back into the backpack! Let your child decorate and label their own folders.
TIP #6 The moment your child is picked up from school ask your child if he/she has everything needed to complete their homework before pulling out of the school parking lot! If your child rides the bus home from school then check for the homework as soon as they get in, or have the afterschool caregiver check. If the child has forgotten something that will give you ample time to figure out a solution.
TIP #7 A child needs free time and a snack after school before diving right into homework. They have been in school all day. They need a break.
TIP #8 Do not lurk over your child while they are doing homework. After a reasonable amount of time check on them to make sure they are on task. Be available to help and answer questions, but do not do it for them.
TIP #9 Offer praise and support. All kids respond to that!
TIP #10 Keep communication flowing with your child and teachers!
Good luck with the homework this year folks! Use common sense and keep it simple! Remember those locker shelves, binders, and folders! Cheap simple stuff that will make your life A LOT better!
Submitted by: Kristy Hudson
Source: My own experiences