I’ve never been a huge fan on homework. It is not always that fun to do or have to deal with. I do have a few things that I do to help make homework go smoother at home.
Keep in mind these are ideas that have worked for us and maybe they will for you as well.
Clean Homework Area
I try my best to make sure where they do their homework is clean of clutter. The more clutter there is the hard time they have with homework. It also means since my kitchen is where the girls do their homework I have to have the whole room clean. That means the less there is in the room the better it will be.
I try and make sure that they know what will be happening when they get home. That they know homework will be done after snack or do a gross motor activity. I wrote a post about how we do this a few years ago. It was called How Do I Teach After School: Setting a Routine. We have kept to that routine over the years and it has helped.
If kids need help finding an activity that fits for their needs. They can look through the The Superkids Activity Guide to Conquering Every Day. They have a guild to help pick them activities to meet their needs.
Set the Tone
I love to start off the year on the right foot with homework. I always set the tone and feel is important. I make sure they have all the tools they need to help out. This could be: make sure they have all the pencil, crayons and other school items at home.
At my girls school, they have something taped to their desk to help them during the school year. Last year, I made some we could use at home. There are Prek & Kinder, First Grade, Second Grade and Third grade added today. More information below for the third-grade desk help. I’ll be working on a 4th grade one soon.
I also use lots of different wall cards as flip cards for them. I have them all around for them to use when they need them.
Talk with the Teacher
If you see your child struggling at homework talk to the teacher. See what you can do at home to help or maybe they have some ideas to help you out. One thing a teacher did was tell me how long she should be doing the homework and if she does not finish to write a note on the paper and send it back stating where they got to and the time they worked on it. I would have never have thought of that if the teacher had not told me I could do it.
Most teachers are flexible about what needs to be done.
FREE Homework Punch Cards
Start this year we are doing something different. We are doing homework punch cards. They are easy to use and can be flexible. There are two punch sides: Homework Sheets and Reading. Those are the two main types of homework we have had. I thought it would be fun to have cards that the girls could turn in for things they want to do. Extra computer time, tablet time or any other activity they want.
I plan on printing our cards on color cardstock. Each of my girls will have a different colors. We are really excited to use them. It will be fun to see how they work. Each of them has picked their own rewards to earn.
What you will find in these printables:
- Desk Help for Third Grade: Cursive ABCs & Multiplication Chart
Homework Punch Cards
What you will find in these printables:
- 6 cards per page
- Sunday through Saturday
- Punches for worksheet Homework and reading
Also check out these other school helps:
- First & Last Day of School Pictures
- Back to School Printables
- Free Parent Teacher Conference Notes Printable
This months theme is homework. Be sure to check out everyons posts!
- Books and Giggles – How to Avoid Homework Battles with Your Strong-Willed Child
- Rainy Day Mum – Homework with children in different years
- Thriving STEM – The best way to prepare for this Friday’s spelling test
- The Resourceful Mama – The Keys to a Successful Homework Time
- Creative Family Fun – Surviving Your Child’s Math Homework
- Planet Smarty Pants – Homework and Gifted Learners
Be sure to check out the other months School themed posts:
Cassie – 3Dinosaurs.com