Make homework easier this school year with a well-equipped homework station. Focus on homework, not on finding pencils and paper.
I store our homework supplies in a cleaning caddy which is kept on a bookcase in the dining room. Next to the homework supply caddy are bins for papers from school labeled with each child’s name.
In my office, I kept the stapler, ruler, and electric pencil sharpener. These supplies have been known to disappear in our home.
- Caddy or box to hold the supplies
- Pencil Sharpener
- hole punch
- glue sticks
- school glue
Where to Do Homework
I think where to do homework depends on the kid and their age. Younger kids need to be near parents when doing their homework. Usually, they need guidance and assistance with homework. Slightly older kids will need less help; they will still need guidance and monitoring. Older kids need a quiet spot and access to parents in case they need help.
With 4 elementary-school aged children doing homework, I prefer to have them do their homework at our dining room table. I can monitor who needs help, and who is getting distracted or trying to distract some one else. I can send kids needing a quiet spot to the nearby kitchen table.
When to Do Homework
I prefer to do homework after my kids eat their after-school snack. While they would like a break from school, I find we do better with the homework when it’s first on our after-school routine. We’re out of the house a few nights a week, making it difficult to have a regular after dinner routine.
Our routine is based on my convenience as the main homework supervisor. My husband doesn’t know what’s expected of each child. We’ve had a few times when my 7 year old daughter has not completed her homework because she didn’t show her dad her homework sheet from her teacher.