We are less than a month away from the start of a school year and this was the year we buckled down and got our kids dedicated homework spaces in their own rooms. No more kitchen island or dining room table for this family. Tried it, hated it, fixing it this year.
We had a lot of homework stuggles with our oldest last year. Grade 3 is an EQAO year so he had homework almost every dayin prep of the huge tests being done end-of-year. Between the younger kids being loud and me not being able to focus solely on him we had issues doing homework quickly. Somedays the process left us both in tears so this year we are being smart and setting both of the older kids with their own space.
Tips to Get Ready for Homework
Make a dedicated homework space. This doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive but it should be away from distractions and noise. When your child sees this space it should let them know it is their dedicated homework space.
Have a dedicated time for homework. Decide whether your child will be better doing homework right after they come home or whether they can focus better once they had dinner. Every child is different and you may need to try out a few different times until you find one that is a great fit.
Make sure they have the right tools. When I go back-to-school shopping I always buy two sets of everything my kids need so that they don’t have lug pencil cases back and forth. Back-to-school is the perfect time to stock up on essentials like paper, pencils, and colouring essentials as everything is on sale.
Get in the habit of writing down to-do lists. My kids have got their un-organized genes from their mama and so we have to make lists and check them twice. We have found that the school agenda’s that are provided don’t really draw them in so we purchase them ones they are excited about. Makes them more likely to write their homework in them and actually bring it home.
Don’t stop doing schoolwork during the summer. I spent a few dollars picking up workbooks for the kids to do during the summer. They do a page (or four) when they have a free moment. It prevents them from doing the “summer slide.”
How Canadian Tire is Helping Us Get Homework Ready
Our daughter shares a room with her sister. Space is cramped but this Homestar Student Desk in the woodgrain desing with Gooseneck Clip-On Lamp is perfect for the small space that is now 100% dedicated to her doing her homework. Adding to the space was the Home Collection Mesh Task Chair which is a perfect fit under the desk.
When it came to keeping our kids organized a cork board/calendar combo was probably the best choice. We are the type of family that needs to write something down or hang something up so that it doesn’t get forgotten or turned into scrap paper.
Speaking of scrap paper. We always have a huge stack of paper packages in this house. Between my work, their homework, or just them wanting to colour I always stock up when I see a good deal, like this TopPrint Premium Multi-Use Paper. Make sure you grab some next time you’re in store.
What tips do you have for getting kids ready for back-to-school and in turn, homework?
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