Homework time is often the hardest, most stressful part of the day for many children (AND their parents!). We’re always on the hunt for ideas to help us get through it without pulling our hair out, and without our kiddos ending up in tears.
1.) Get your Homework Station Setup
If you have the space, it’s nice to have a designated area specifically for homework. Some kids find it easier to focus in a calm, quiet area. Make sure the area has good lighting and plenty of space for working. We love this pretty little Homework Station from Apartment Therapy.
Lina (our recipe/DIY gal) has a pretty awesome homework area, too!
2.) Create a Homework Caddy
If you don’t have the space for a full homework station, putting together a mobile one is the next best thing! This cute Homework Caddy is perfect for toting around. You can grab these on Amazon.com and at stores like Target and Walmart. Keeping it stocked and ready to go means fewer excuses – “MOM, I can’t find a pencil!”
3.) Privacy Dividers/Organizers
Isn’t this GENIUS?! We’re in love with this clever way to create private spaces when you don’t have a lot of space by using tri-fold display boards. You can easily stick in a calendar, reminders, a sheet of math facts, or a million other tools to help make homework time easier. Via Organizing Made Fun.
4.) Take a Break & Grab a Snack Before Starting Homework
Give the kiddos some time to unwind or run off some of that after-school energy. Some of my kiddos want to run outside as soon as they get home; some of them prefer to relax on their tablets for a little while. Either way, they need to decompress after school, in the same way adults like to unwind a little after work. School is just like a full time job!
We always start with a healthy snack and plenty of water. My kids LOVE these Oatmeal Energy Bites!
5.) Comfy Seating
While this might seem trivial, it can have a huge impact on focus. The folks over at A Sensory Life have some great tips on how to choose the right seating for your kiddo, and their Top 16 Sensory Strategies for Homework Success is packed with great ideas for all kiddos, especially those who struggle with sensory issues.
6.) Set a Timer
Setting a timer gives kids a clear goal line. Tell them they only have to focus for X amount of time, and then they get a ten minute break. Repeat until homework is finished. This fun Cube Timer can be set in 5, 10, 20 or 30 minute increments.
7.) Motivate Your Child with Some After Homework FUN
Yes, homework is something that needs done anyway, but why not offer a little incentive? It could be a family bike ride after dinner, some extra screen time, or some one-on-one time with a parent reading or playing a board game – whatever motivates your child! My kiddos are currently motivated by going swimming, but the whole winter they will beg to go sledding.
I think it’s okay to admit that homework can feel like a big chore to us all sometimes, and we can all celebrate getting through it! 🎉
Written by Danielle for Hip2Save. Danielle is a proud mom to 5 amazing kids in Utah, who lives for coffee and baking. She’s dedicated to balancing her own interests and passions, while encouraging her children to follow their own paths in life.