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Genius Homework Help for Kids and Parents to Make Learning and Back to School Easier
Sending our kids back to school can be an exciting time for parents…. Our kids are back on a schedule. They’re not bored by 9 am. We still have our patience in tact.
But there’s one area that still causes stress and anxiousness among parents: Homework.
Some parents have kids who sail right through homework time with no problems. For the rest of us, we get irritated, mad, frustrated, and need a cocktail by 4pm.
But there are easy solutions for homework hassles that every parent should know.
Having been an elementary school teacher and tutor for over a decade—and a mom to three very different types of learners—I have four tips to share that will work for all types of kids and learners.
1. Set Up a Routine.
In our family, we come in, wash our hands, get a snack, and start homework. We do homework first because that’s what works for us. If your child needs a little downtime before they get started on schoolwork, go for it. Some families do homework in the morning. Pick what works for you and stick to the routine to avoid complaints and whining.
Have your kids use an afterschool checklist so they know what to expect everyday.
2. Create a Homework Supply Box
Organize all the supplies they will ever need to complete their homework in one place. If there’s another sharp pencil right in front of them, there are no reasons to stand up once they have started. They can just sit down and get to work. Less excuses to dawdle means homework gets done faster.
And if all the supplies are in one place, your kids can be more independent as they do their homework.
They don’t need to ask you for a blue crayon or scissors.
3. Decide Where Homework Will Be Done and Have a Back Up
My kids each have a desk in their rooms, but those tend to be used more for crafting and creating projects.
We do our homework at the kitchen table so I’m able to get my chores and work done but still be near by to answer questions, offer help, read word problems, and redirect them back to work when necessary.
Kids who are unable to complete their work because they’re being distracted– or if they’re being a distraction–know they can no longer sit with the family to do their homework. They are relegated to the dining room table or to their room. Most days, that’s all the incentive they need to quiet down and focus.
4. Stock a To Go Homework Bag
Most families don’t head home right after school…We’re always racing off to sports, Scouts, music, or religious education classes. For the siblings who sit and wait, they can do their homework as they wait. Pack their homework, supplies needed, a book to read, and this awesome clipboard to work on.
The kids who are in the activity can work in the car on the way to or from their class if there’s no time once you get home.
If you’re on the go for afterschool activities, bring the homework with you!
Once you have the basics established, you may still need a few homework hacks and tips based on your kid’s personality and learning style to get your kids to actually finish their homework before you pull your hair out.
Or do you have Kindergartner who needs help learning to sit still long enough to finish their work? Here are homework tips designed specifically for Kindergarten students.
Just keep in mind, not all tricks work for all students…you may need to try something and then adjust it based on what’s working.
What are your favorite homework hacks and tips that your family uses?
When you’ve tried any of these tips, I’d love to hear how they work for your child!