How to Prepare for Homework?
Posted by: | on July 25, 2012
My favorite homework story is from my college buddy who submitted a tattered homework to our lab instructor. When asked why her homework looks like its been feasted by rodents, she clarified that it wasn’t rats but her furry pet rabbit. I just died laughing when she said the words “My rabbit ate my homework.” I can still remember her sheepish smile.
So how do we prepare our children to do their homework? Let’s make a homework survival plan:
It is no secret that Special Education Philippines loves 3M products simply because I grew up with these products and they helped me a lot in remembering things especially the beloved multi-colored Post-its. But to do homework, you need more than Post-its. Have you encountered your child telling you that they haven’t started homework because their materials are incomplete. And because of this one missing thing, they delayed the task and now you are running to the nearest bookstore hoping that its still open for you to get this crucial material.
Oh yes I’ve encountered this situation before as a parent and as a teacher and so I promised myself that I will keep supplies on hand so it does not happen again. What are some of these must-have homework supplies?
On our related post about homework (How to Get Ready for Homework?) we mentioned that a container beside the study area will be ideal to keep homework materials that we don’t need yet. And since we are not sure when we need the items listed above, it is best to have a storage area for them. Special Education Philippines found a photo of one of the compartment storage you can use for small items. It is also a good container because you can label them. You can use a labeling machine you can buy from bookstores or buying sites. But I like to save money and decorate so I use masking tape and colored pens to make labels.
Personally, I used a sock organizer and placed it in one of our drawers to use as dividers for our school materials. I found a detachable sock organizer from Saizen at P88 each. It’s kinda expensive especially if you have a big shelf.
3. Whiteboard/Chalkboard/Writing Board
Any writing board will do as long as it can be readily seen and you can erase the contents easily. What is this for? To make a checklist.
Based on experience in the classroom and as a homeschooling parent, it makes it easier to complete a task when you can break it down to smaller chunks. And sometimes homework is the ginormous elephant in your child’s room. But if your child knows how to deal with it then he does not have to be overwhelmed.
Remember the purpose of homework is to develop the study habits. And how to deal with work that your child have to do independently is one of those habits, educators and parents are helping to develop.
How do you eat an elephant? Easy. Piece by piece. It’s the same thing with homework. These steps to help you prepare for homework is a system. It is a fairly simple system but it will not work if you don’t plan and practice it. Plan on how this system work for everyone and Practice on how this system will help you better equipped in dealing with homework issues.
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