Managing Homework Ideas & Free Homework Punch Cards

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.

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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.

Create Routine

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.

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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.

Desk Helps

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.

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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.

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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
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Also check out these other school helps:

This months theme is homework. Be sure to check out everyons posts!

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Homework Posts:

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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20 Responses to Managing Homework Ideas & Free Homework Punch Cards

  1. Kim says:

    Love the idea of using punch cards. There always seems to be less of a struggle when there is an incentive. My oldest likes to please and strives for perfection, but I have a feeling with my kindergartner we may need incentive.

    • Cassie says:

      I’ve had to be flexible over the last few years. This year I have Kinder, second and fourth grade. So loves to different levels of homework. I’m hoping the punch card works out great.

  2. ChristyM says:

    I hadn’t thought of using a concrete system to show what has been done. Great idea!

    • Cassie says:

      This last summer my girls did their summer reading and we did big goals for the summer and kept track of it all! It worked better than I thought! I hope to keep it up with the punch cards.

  3. This is so helpful! Visual reminders and rewards can be great motivators.

  4. Emma says:

    The punch card idea is awesome! It’s a great visual incentive!

  5. Victoria says:

    Great idea to keep homework organized and making sure they get done!

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  11. Jen S. says:

    There are errors on the 3rd grade desk help multiplication chart. I will print when correct. Thanks!!

    • Cassie says:

      I checked my local copy and it appears to be different from the website. I’ll be uploading it as soon as I get up in the morning. Check for it tomorrow.

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  14. Teacher Rachel says:

    Hi.
    I want to download some printable to work with. I have difficulty to do it. Can some assist me please?

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