Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Homework Help. Here it is!

If you haven't read Den's daughter Kris' blog, and if you have school age kids, this is for YOU! I think this would totally work! Read on...

Taken right from Kris' blog...

"School is now full-steam ahead, and homework is now a reality...a far cry from our summer of "notta-lotta." So when I browsed through my most recent issue of Family Fun magazine, and found this FABULOUS idea, I knew I wanted to give it a try!

It has worked out SO WELL. Mom wants to do cartwheels! Having your own homework space does wonders.

Last weekend I went to Walmart and purchased those simple, 3-fold boards. You know, the kind that we used to do science projects with! I then just set out a bunch of crayons, markers, glue sticks, and stickers that I already had on hand. They went to town!

I also purchased a thin sheet of corkboard for each of the kids from our local office supply store. They attached them to the boards and now I have a place to leave them notes with a thumbtack such as, "Don't forget you have piano lessons today at 2:45!" or "Thanks for the big hug this morning!" :)

My 1st grader decided to make his corkboard look like a baseball diamond!

Each have their own canister filled with crayons, markers, pencils, etc. (All that back-to-school stuff that we could get dirt-cheap from Walmart this year!) This has helped resolve the, "I-can't-find-a-pencil!!!" ordeal!

I also decided to take this idea one step further and made up 2 lists on the computer that attach to the boards at the top and are changed out each month. One list is their "to-do" list so they can check off each item as they go. The other list is a small chart in which they get a sticker each day they complete the entire to-do list. Once that chart is filled up, a special treat will be in store.

A plastic ruler hangs down from a small hook. An envelope at the bottom of their boards holds the flashcards they are currently working on.

A sense of "privacy" has seemed to really help them focus on what is in front of them, rather than noticing the silly face that little brother or sister is making across the table! LOL

Would you like a copy of the charts I put together for your own files? Here they are! Just customize the way that fits your child! Simply click on the images below and print.


Eileen said...

This is such a wonderful idea, Jill! I wish I had known of this with my five! It would have made life much easier!
What a great work space for each child, it offers privacy, it's personal to each child, and it even has a little incentive chart/schedule! I love it!
All the best,

Tom and Karen Mortensen said...

I saw this on her blog and loved it. I am going to tell my parents about it on Back to School Night!

grandmapeg said...

What a creative idea!!! I wished I had done something like this when my kids were that age. Kris always has shares such great ideas! I'm going to pass this along to my own adult kids who are now raising school age children. Thanks!

Sue said...

This has to be one of the best ideas I've ever seen! Very cool!

I will definitely be passing it on to my DIL.


Krista Gage said...

Pure GENIUS!!!! I'll be making those for sure!!!!!!

Logan said...

Kris, your amazing!! This is such a great idea. I was looking for something to do with my kids for homework and this seems like the perfect idea. I can't wait to try it out. Thanks Kris :)

Lisa said...

Super Cool! I wish my kids were little again just so I could give this a try. Kris & Kim are so CREATIVE!

Kris said...

Thanks Jill and everyone! You're all so nice. I will tell you what...these boards have SAVED me. Yesterday I came home from running some errands and my kids got home about 10 minutes before I did. When I walked in the house, there they were WITH THEIR BOARDS already sitting out and they had started their homework! They were so excited to see the excitement on MY face! :)

Luke and Nat said...

This is fantastic! What a cute idea...I'll have to pass it on to Andrea! ;)