Every parent is familiar with the homework issue. Some children handle their homework load well while others have a tough time of it. Actually, there are four main things a parent should consider when planning homework time.
1. Homework Assignments. Teachers now have children keep special parent folders placed in a backpack or school bag. Besides school messages, these folders will also have the homework assignments, allowing the parent to direct the homework activities.
2. Special Study Time. Homework can be done right after school or after a period of play or rest time. Teenagers usually do their homework in the evenings, fitting it in with school activities and part-time jobs. Regardless, having a scheduled time for homework makes it fit into the daily routine–a daily habit–no reminders needed.
3. Special Study Area. The home should have an area that is used for study and for homework. This can be a desk and chair in a child’s bedroom, or it could be the kitchen table, dining-room table, or a corner of a room. Older children can do their homework independently while younger ones will need supervision as they study.
4. Special Supplies. This is a BIGGIE! It can be called “the homework box of gems.” Children need tools to do their homework, and the tools should be within their reach. These tools include: paper, pencils, pencil sharpener, pens, glue, crayons, markers, scissors, ruler, calculator, paper clips, scotch tape, stapler, hole-puncher, post-its, and a dictionary. (Other tools may apply.)
These tools can be in a centralized homework station or the station can be made mobile by using a cart on wheels or having the supplies in a box that can be carried from one study area to another.
Having a homework station is a wonderful asset because it eliminates the need to stop studying every so of tern to find a needed study tool. It allows children to do homework from beginning to end without needless interruptions.
Submitted by Dolores Palladino from Sarasota, FL A survivor of single parenting.