Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to School Tip #10: The Organized Student

I believe helping your children succeed at school starts at home. When your children start to come home with homework, you can help them develop good habits that will help them (and you) throughout their school years. Just like you need a designated place to deal with your incoming papers and bills (Household Action Center), children who have homework need a designated place to get their work done.
Here are some quick tips to help create a designated homework center for the kids.
  • Choose a location with good lighting and plenty of room. This might be the kitchen table or desk.

  • Have supplies close by or in a portable container. Make sure they are easy for your child to get to.

  • Homework should be done in a quiet place with limited distractions. A TV that is turned on is too tempting.

  • Its not all about the space. Teach your kids to start with the tougher assignments first, rather saving them for last when the energy (and patience) levels are lower.
  • Help them get into a homework routine. What time of day works best for your family? Do they have adequate time to get their homework done and get enough sleep?

For more organizing techniques to help your students succeed in school, I recommend The Organized Student by Donna Goldberg (with Jennifer Zwiebel).

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