There are a lot of adjustments to make when kids go back to school for the fall, but one of the big ones is getting used to homework. Especially a large adjustment when it’s still nice outside, and there’s a lot more fun options!
A good way to get your child involved in making homework â€œfunâ€, or as painless as possible is to give them a project that they can take ownership of. A great way to do this is to create a â€œhomework spaceâ€ in your house. Even if there is a room that is designated for work (such as an office), you can create a separate space just for homework â€“ and the best part of doing it yourself is that it keeps the cost down. Depending on how old the child is would determine what exactly you need.
For younger kids, it can be as simple as setting up a table, and allowing them to pick out pens, pencils, crayons, or whatever else they will need to use, and decorate the space as their own. Having this be an end of summer project will get them used to doing more structured projects before school starts up again as well. You can have them make a sign with their name on it, or hang up a board they can post notes, or graded papers on. Cork boards and whiteboards are a great way to separate the space fairly easily.
For older kids, setting up a desk with any supplies that they might need is also a good start. You might also want to hang up a calender they can post important dates on, and get them whatever electronics they might need for homework – calculators, etc. They also tend to have a lot more paperwork they need to keep track of, so mounting file holders on the wall is a great way to keep them organized without having to spend a lot of money.
The most important thing is, to designate an area that they will know is where they need to do homework â€“ this allows you to keep track of them, and set them up at the beginning of the year in an area that will not distract them too much. And making it fun, and decorating it in a way they choose will hopefully make them want to use that area for the whole year!