Last year, when my oldest son was in grade 2, was the first time we’ve really had to deal with significant amounts of homework (he had about 20 minutes per night). While this wasn’t a particularly huge amount of time, we did find it challenging. Squeezing 20 minutes of productive time from a 7 year old boy after a long day at school can be compared to coaxing a cat into a tub of water.
I had decided that soon after he got home from school would be the best time to get homework done (his attention span was way better than after dinner). This meant that homework time would have to be while I was starting dinner (which meant at the kitchen table and while his 2 younger siblings were around). I managed to keep a pencil and eraser close at hand but if we needed something else (a pair of scissors, say), chaos would ensue. In the time it took me to track down said supply, Thing1 would be well on his way to Sillytown.
But this year, I am older and wiser (well…older). I have a game plan! I’ve decided to keep the same time and location, but instead of keeping just a pencil and eraser on hand, I have created a ‘homework caddy’. This container not only includes basic homework supplies, but also includes ‘quiet work’ for Thing 2 and Thing 3 (so they are not running around like crazed hyenas while I’m trying to help Thing 1).
In an effort to rouse some enthusiasm for homework time, I am planning on picking up some ‘fun’ supplies (perhaps seasonally themed) such as unique pencils and erasers, scented markers, gel pens, fun paper, etc. For now though, I’ve stocked our homework caddy with supplies we already had in the house.
Here is a list of everything that’s included in our “Homework Caddy”:
- Glue, Tape
- Pencil Sharpener
- Scrap paper
- Stickers, colouring pages, paper
When it’s time to do homework, I will bring out the caddy and put it in the middle of the kitchen table. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Do you have any homework tips to share? I would love to hear them!