Organizing Tips for Tackling Homework
With the new school year right around the corner, the Domestic CEO offers 3 tips for getting your house homework-ready, and for staying organized during the year.
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The new school year is right around the corner. Is your child ready? More importantly, are you, the parent, ready for all the homework assignments?
If you have school-aged children, you know that homework can cause headaches, upset stomachs, tears, and even tantrums! Every parent has witnessed at least one of these reactions to homework. Now, I’m not a parent, so I can’t give out expert advice on this subject--so I turned to a good friend who has many years of parenting under her belt. With multiple children who've earned full-ride scholarships to college, she was my clear choice for expert advice on getting kids to do their homework.
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Here are some of her best kept secrets:
Create a “Homework Zone”
If you’ve got multiple children, this task might prove daunting. A desk in a bedroom can work, but if you’ve got siblings sharing a room, two kids in one room does not equal quality homework time.
Ideally, the homework zone should be away from toys, TVs, cell phones, and any other noisy distractions--including brothers or sisters. Psychologically, a quiet, distraction-free area provides the best environment for concentration and learning.
Take a look around your home for little niches that might work as a study area. A hall closet can be converted into a homework zone with a little thought and planning. A quiet corner in the living room could work, or you could even set up a work station in the laundry room. Wherever you create the homework zone, make sure it has easy parent access, so you can peek in on your child from time to time to check on progress. Make sure the homework area has a nice, flat work surface with ample space for an open textbook, a notebook, and a laptop, if needed. A comfortable chair at correct writing height will help keep students on task, as well.
As you get the homework zone set up, include your child in the process. Choose colors they like for accessories like pencil holders or other essentials. Make the area cool and fun-looking--you want it to be an area that your child WANTS to spend time in. Environment can make a big difference in liking or disliking homework time.
For some awesome design ideas, head over to my “Homework Zone” Pinterest board.
Keep essential supplies in or near your homework zone, so kids are armed and ready for whatever their assignment might require. If you’ve got primary or middle schoolers, here’s a list of things to have on hand:
- Sharpened pencils
- Color pencils
- Glue sticks and school glue
- Wide-ruled loose leaf paper
- Plain white paper
- Construction paper
I recommend keeping these supplies organized in a plastic multi-drawer storage unit. Use a label maker to designate what is stowed in each drawer. Get your kids in the habit of putting things back in the correct drawer, so there’s no searching for the missing glue stick the next time it’s needed.