Who knew organizing for homework would be so challenging? I had no idea. My 1st grader is coming home with some serious work. Granted, the teachers told me it should only take 30-45 minutes each day – but keeping track of what needs to get done each week and turned in every Friday was initially overwhelming.
So I had to get organized. First, I got some file folders and put my 1st grader’s assignments in a folder designated for each day of the week. For us, we only needed to have folders for Monday through Thursday. Then, I took the assignments and put it into each day-of-the-week folder. I added other extra work like math addition problems and handwriting practice. I’ll probably add other work like flash cards for addition problems later on in the year.
I did the same for my 4 year old so he could feel like a big boy and have homework too. I’ve filled his day-of-the-week folders with mazes, letter recognition, handwriting practice, early math concepts like counting, more and less, and number recognition. I’m working on printing a movable alphabet from Montessori Print Shop and other cool Montessori-inspired printables.
So far it’s been great. We wavered a bit in finding a suitable time. My kids are fried after dinner but doing homework right after school just seemed like torture. So I let them play when they first get home and we do our homework before dinner around 5 or 5:30 pm. If they do their homework with no complaints or goofing off then I let them watch 30 minutes of TV after they take a shower.
What’s your best homework organization tip?