One of the main differences we will see at home between preschool and school is that there is some form of regular homework – from the parents evening we know that some of the homework will be in the form of reading together and weekly an “investigation” sheet to do at home this for us is a major change but one that we will incorporate into our daily life with a homework station set up at home.
Now our home isn’t huge and we don’t have a room that we can use specifically for work so any homework will have to be done in the family areas of the house so a homework station that is moveable and easy to set up and put away is essential for us but the principles that we are using can be adapted whether you have a large space or a small space.
Here’s my top tips for creating a homework station at home.
Set a time aside to do homework
Not exactly a resource for a homework station but as important as anything else that you could do or provide. The homework may not be a lot – reading for 10 mins or learning some phonics/site words but setting aside a time to do it is important and something that it is best to get children in the habit of is doing it on the day that it comes home and not the night before it’s due in.
Provide an area to do homework in
This is the homework station – for us it will be our dinning room table but you may have a different location – however until my children are much older and we can fit desks into their bedrooms or have a study homework will be completed at the dinning room table setting aside a location that has a proper chair and a table rather than on their lap is important for helping to develop good work habits early on.
Have the resources ready for homework
We’ve got a pencil case and in it I’ve put all of the resources that J will need for homework – it’s got good quality pencils, a handwriting pen, coloured pencils, a nice metal sharpener, glue stick and an eraser – in our house because of T (18 months younger and wants everything that J has) these are specifically J’s he has chosen the pencil case and it’s set aside specifically to do the homework with and not to be used for anything else.
Have a location to put new and finished homework
I’m a teacher I’ve heard the excuses – lost my homework so many times so to avoid this we have a set of trays that I have rescued from going to the recycling and we will be using them to put in the homework (J’s book bag will fit in it as well) and then when we finished again this means that we will be able to find the homework to return when it is due in.
Participate in homework
Essential at this stage is to participate in the homework and even at secondary school level you can be helpful asking what they are doing however at the youngest level it’s vital that you are there with them – helping with the reading, learning phonics and words and anything else that needs to be done – this doesn’t mean to do it for your child instead it’s more of a helping them to work it out themselves and helping when they get stuck.
This is our final post in the Get Ready for K through Play series – This weeks focus is getting ready to Learn please pop by and check out the posts from the series co-hosts to get other great ideas for getting ready to learn this week
10 Ways to help kids get ready to learn – Mom to 2 posh lil divas
Creating an After School Routine – Toddler Approved