Helping your child to be successful with their homework is about planning. Plan a time when your child can concentrate and an adult is available to lend support to the task. Some children will be able to do homework right after they finish school other children will need time to do some physical activity before they can concentrate and yet other children will need to eat first.
You will need a spot that has limited distractions, minimize stimulation from video screens and phones and reduce loud conversations with other family members in the homework area.
Large projects take more than one night to complete. Help your child learn how to plan ahead. Look at the week and weekend and see what time is available to work on the project. Divide the project into smaller sections that can be completed a little at a time during the week and on the weekend. At first it takes a lot of discipline from the parent and the child but as the family gets used to planning ahead your child will tell you that they need your help with some homework and the only night you are both home is Wednesday. It will be great when they take over the time management of homework.
Each child willbe different, some will like quiet spaces and others will liketo be around people. Some tasks will need large spaces and others will need hardly any space. Many families have shared custody of children between parents and some families are always on the move taking children to after school events where children need to do homework while they are waiting for siblings to finish an activity.
Taking into consideration all the variables, homework areas need to be portable. Children need have a container with all the pens pencils markers erasers ruler stapler tape glue paper calculator etc. they need. This container can be used in any room in the house allowing for flexibility. Let your child organize the container since they know what they need. This container can be put in the car and taken along to activities, babysitters, parent’s homes. It is important that children have the supplies they need and learn to take care of them so they can get their work done. If you choose to have one room or area for homework make sure to consult your child about what it should look like so they want to work in that area.
Vehicles are used as mobile offices, restaurants, entertainment centers, locker rooms and homework stations. Keeping a car clean can be easy. Here are 5 tips to help you organize your vehicle.
1. Have a plastic garbage bag in the front and back seats of your vehicle. It can be hooked on the headrest or armrest. Make sure all garbage is put in the bag and not all over the floor. When the bag gets full unhook it and put it in your garbage can on the way into the house.
2. If you have a young child keep a backpack ready at the door to take with you in the car. Fill it with things your child can use to entertain themselves. When you arrive at home put everything back in the back and bring it in the house. This prevents toys, papers and video games from being left all over the car.
3. Cup holders are a great invention. Put a clean tall cup in the holder and use it to hold pens, pencil crayons, small toys, notes, papers, snacks. It will help to keep items confined to a space and prevent them from being lost in the vehicle.
4. If you use your car for an office try using a bin, box, bag to contain all your supplies. There are a number of portable offices organizers available or make one that is personalized for your situation.
5 .Keep disposable wet wipes in the glove compartment for quick clean ups and always take everything out of the vehicle when you arrive at home. Use the car door pockets and seat back pockets for items that permanently stay in the car. If you start with a clean vehicle on every trip it is easier to keep it clean.
Controlling the clutter at the entrance to your home can be a nightmare.
- Place hooks low enough that everyone can hang up his or her own coats, sweaters, and jackets.
- Establish a space that can be reached without help for each person’s backpack or gym bag. This could be a shelf, cupboard or hook.
- Have enough space near the entrance for shoes that are used regularly. Buy stackable shoe racks and use vertical space efficiently. Footwear worn occasionally should be stored elsewhere and brought out as needed.
- Have a place for seasonal hats, gloves and scarves. A hanging shoe organizer is ideal for this purpose. Put regularly-worn hats, scarves and pairs of gloves into the pockets, where you can easily see each item and quickly select what you need. Storing hats, mitts and scarves directly with a jacket also helps to keep everything together.