Back-to-School Homework Tips

A little bit of planning goes a long way toward giving a child better homework habits. There's no better time than back-to-school time to get this done.

Read on for tips on how it works:

1. 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.

2. 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.)

3. Together, write out a list of their typical daily after-school activities. Use a notebook, poster board, or even a dry erase board to create a chart in their rooms. Include the usual things they do, or that you'd like them to do:

• homework
• play time
• extra-curricular activities
• family time
• sets of chores
• physical activity
• free reading

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

For more tips on student time management and other topics, check out the Day Runner Success Center and be sure to visit the Day-Runner store for the latest and greatest time management tools and solutions.



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