Create the Right Back-to-School Homework Routines
Good news for back-to-school time! You can get your kids to do their homework without
constant prodding. It's not as hard as it you'd think.
It starts by teaching a few easy time management skills. Try these essential back-to school homework tips to help make it happen.
First off, remember: by nature most kids excel at following patterns. For that reason,
they're more likely to learn decent time management habits if you create easy homework
routines they can follow.
Begin by getting your kids involved in the planning. (It's best to do this before school
begins, but really, anytime is the best time to get organized.)
Together, write out a list of their typical daily after-school activities. Use a notebook a,
poster board, or even a dry erase board to create a chart or homework organizer in their rooms. Include the usual
things they do, or that you'd like them to do:
• play time
• extra-curricular activities
• family time
• sets of chores
• physical activity
• free reading
They have a lot going on! This list will serve as a daily reminder of all activities
for which they need to plan time. For pre-teens and teens you can assign actual time
segments for each activity. Now, create a weekly chart that lists their activities, and
allows them to put an X-mark or sticker after each activity is completed.
You'll want to limit some activity time - such as "screen time" with gadgets or
video games - so be as detailed as possible. Don't leave any instructions open for
misinterpretation - it's always the best policy when you're dealing with kids.
If possible, list out homework activities in detail. Chart specific subjects they study
each day based on their school schedule. It will help them balance their study time and
ensure that no work slips through the cracks. Otherwise they might avoid working on
subjects they dislike.
Congratulations! You are now doing something for your kids that few parents make the
effort for: focusing their time into a clear and tangible picture. It's the first step to better
homework time management.
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