My oldest is strong willed, opinionated and the queen of stalling. Homework used to be an everyday struggle. A battle of wills. Something had to give. I scoured the Google and found posts with ideas. I’ve created a list of 7 that have worked for us.
With the end of the school year approaching I’ve been encouraging my oldest Mikaila to finish the year our at her very best. Not to say I don’t always encourage her to do her best but to finish the year on a strong note. However, she’s already counting the days until the end of the year. Ensue the homework battles…
I’ve come up with some tips that work in our house to keep her productive and cut down on distractions.
- Set up a conducive work environment. Find an area in your home that homework is always done at. An area that is free or as close to free from distractions as possible. We always do homework at our kitchen bar. That way I’m right there to answer questions or check finished work.
- Stay organized. When the kids come home everything has its place. Papers given to them for us have a certain spot on the counter to be placed, papers that need to be signed and return to school have another spot, backpacks go under the bar.
- Make a routine. What works best for us is homework right after an after school snack. That way the material is fresh in their mind. If we wait until after dinner Mikaila gets sluggish and it ends up pushing back bedtime.
- Don’t forget to praise! Positive encouragement is so important, especially when it’s a subject they’re struggling with. Be sure to offer praise on specific things. “You did that math problem so well” “You wrote your letters so nicely”
- Try using a timer. For Mikaila we use a 30 minute homework timer. When she was younger we had it at 15 minutes, then 20 minutes and now 30 minutes. Every 30 minutes she gets a 3 minute break to grab a water, shake it out, just take a little mental break.
- Use checklists. This works better for when they’re older and have homework from different subjects. For me personally there is something so satisfying when I cross out an item on my to do list. Have your child do the same! It helps visually track their progress.
- Create a homework box. This is by far my favorite tip. Have a box or basket that has any and everything you child might need to complete their homework. Loose leaf, scratch paper, ruler, calculator, pencils, pens, pencil sharpener, note cards, highlighters, etc. This eliminates the 20 minute trek to sharpen their pencil.
These are things that I implemented in my house and they made a world of difference. Let me know if they work for you or what you do to keep your kids on track with homework!!