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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Simplifying Our Homework Routine - For Life!

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Now that we are well into the routine of back to school, we are tackling the idea of homework. Jude is in first grade now which means he has homework every evening along with reading. There are a few evenings that we find ourselves really struggling to find a nice groove without a ton of fights or resistance from Jude. We decided we had to find ways to start simplifying our homework routine. Some of these tips have really helped us find that groove. They leave us happy and Jude excelling!



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Simplifying Our Homework Routine - For Life!




Homework Space: Our house does not have a dedicated office currently. After a few days of Jude doing his homework on his bedroom floor we knew we needed to look for something different. Our solution for now is making the kitchen table the space that he will do his homework and reading. This allows for some structure and also a nice table top for him to really do well on his work. This also means having items available to him that he might need; tape, crayons, pencils, rulers, glue etc. Now that we have the space, we are creating a little caboodle for him so he can have his school supplies right there with him!


Homework Time: Set expectations of when homework should be worked on. This year is a bit different because Jude is having to do homework and Teagan is not. So, we make sure that Teagan finds something quiet to do while Jude needs to concentrate on his homework. That way it becomes a “family quiet time” which makes for a nice simple evening at home...most nights! HA!


Stand Firm: Kids are going to test boundaries when it comes to homework...no matter the age. Make it clear that homework must be complete or there will be consequences. We have decided to make it clear that if homework is not complete there will not be any electronics used the rest of the evening as well as the following day. Again, making clear expectations will lead to a better outcome since everyone is aligned on what needs to be done and what will happen if it isn't done. Simple!

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Sit with Your Young Kids: Since our homework space is in the kitchen it is easy for one of us to sit with Jude. It not only helps him stay focused but then we are there to help him if he has any questions. I do not want him to be secluded. I also have found that if I use this time to work on some of my own tasks like paying bills, answering emails or other computer work it shows that I also have to take time every evening to finish things for our family.


Don't Forget the Fun! Take breaks and play. I never want my kids to come home from school and work on homework ALL night. They need some down time as well. Time to run around outside, visit with friends, watch a favorite TV show, or do some crafts. Let them be kids but make sure they stick to their homework schedule.


Don't Do it for Them: Seriously, don't be that parent. As a daughter of two teachers, I assure you, you are fooling no one....the teachers know when you do the work for the kids. Yes, your child may get the right answer, but they will miss out on the process of learning and the logic involved. You are only hurting your child in this process.


Be Tech Prepared! When I read that my 1st grader would be learning how to create a PowerPoint presentation this year, I was floored. Wow, we really are in the tech world and it does not matter how old OR young you are! Seeing this made me even more aware of how we need to updated our technology at home. For example, we are considering a new internet service.

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How have you worked towards simplifying your kid's homework routines this school year?




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10 comments:

  1. Wow! A Power Point in first grade! I would have been shocked to see that, but it's probably necessary to teach the kiddos early. Sounds like you've really got the homework thing down, which is awesome. It's so important to get into the routine early.

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  2. My son is also a first grader so to see Power Point doesn't surprise me. At first it did lol. But these are some great tips. It's important to start and get into the habit for both you and the children's sake.

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  3. This time of year as we fall into routines it is important to establish this! Kids totally benefit from structure like this and it will make study time so much less stressful for us as parents and the kiddos!

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  4. I'm a former teacher and I have to say these are some really great tips. The key thing is to establish a routine I think so that kids know what to expect and after a while, they're used to it. I would also say that if you find a child still seems to have excessive homework, let the teacher know. Sometimes they don't realize they're assigning too much!

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  5. I have no kid yet but I can agree on your tips. I have witnessed my best friend with this kind of techniques, every activity, she makes sure that there is time for that. Time for playing and time for studying which also involves doing homework. Both of them are tech savvies so I am sure their kid is also technology inclined.

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  6. So funny, I just had a conversation with someone yesterday about this. I still believe on the need for homework although some schools are not doing homework anymore. We home-school my son and he has assignments after his school hours. We are preparing him for the future.

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  7. This was a great read! It's definitely up for debate these days. I can see the positives in many ways, but also why there isn't the need for it. After 12+ years of school with endless homework, it did often seem pointless LOL! But with technology these days it's different!

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  8. I'm sending this post to my sister. I know it will be helpful for my niece & nephew!

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  9. We definitely could use a designated homework area at our house. This is a really good idea and great tips as well. Thanks

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  10. Would you like to know how much homework is too much? Read this post.

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