Back to School Basics
We are back to school and quickly settling into our routines. Luckily, my kids have not be overwhelmed with homework yet as they ease back into the school year. I know it is coming and this year I am going to be prepared.
I want to make sure that my kids are set up for success with a calm and successful routine that may even, at times, include a little fun. I have some great strategies.
Create a designated work space
Having a designated area for your child to do their homework will help get them into the homework mindset and stay focused. Have this area in a quiet space in your home with no distractions such as TV, video games or computers. Keep in mind that it’s best to find a space that is easily accessible if they need help or guidance.
I did a show on this a few years ago. Watch the video for inspiration or read the accompanying blog here.
Establish a routine
Kids thrive on routines so establishing a routine from the start of the school year is imperative. Figure out what works best for your children, whether that means doing their homework right after school, having a little downtime and then doing their homework or tackling it after dinner. Try and keep this homework time consistent.
If you find your kids are in the zone right after school, be sure offer them a protein-packed snack to help them stay concentrated until they finish the work.
Incentives are a great strategy to get your children doing their homework without any nagging or fighting. This simple system allows them to look forward to something such as being able to watch TV or use their electronics once their homework is complete. Try to involve your children when creating an incentive system to find things that they would like to work towards.
Communicating with your children and their teachers is the key when it comes to a successful homework routine. Be in the know with your child’s homework assignments and be sure to know the expectations of their teacher at the beginning of the year. A memo board or work calendar in the homework area can be a key tool for this.
I am really looking forward to this school year and I hope you are too. If you have an ideas or strategies to help ease the homework issues at your home, share them with me here.