Be Homework Ready With This Kit!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on June 12th, 2010

BE HOMEWORK READY WITH THIS KIT! (adapted by M. Gallagher from  SIMPLEk-12Blogs)

Homework can be a teacher’s best friend and a parent’s worst nightmare. Homework should be a way to reinforce and practice what is being learned at school, not a daily chore that no one enjoys. We all have those nights when homework is not first on the priority list, but is an important part of learning and the school routine. Homework is coming,  when that happens, will you have all the tools your child will need handy? Here’s a way to avoid the last minute scramble by creating this useful Homework Tool Kit for your home.

This kit is designed to help with elementary-level homework. By putting it together with your kids and keeping  it in a convenient place, you’ll signify the importance of learning at home. You can keep it in a shoebox or a gallon-sized plastic bag.

• Sharpened pencils, and a box of crayons
• Counters, which can be anything you have multiples of in the house to support counting, adding, subtracting, and multiplying. Buttons, toothpicks, cubes, dried beans, popsicle sticks or uncooked pasta (penne, ziti, bowtie), can all be good counters.                                                                       
• Dice
• A bag of change with a variety of coins
• Flashcards, you can buy them, or it’s easy to make some out of index cards
• Notebook
• Glue stick and scissors
• A deck of playing cards

A cookie sheet is also handy to keep with your tool kit. It makes a great magnet board for adding and subtracting or for practicing problem solving. You can use your refrigerator magnets or make your own.

Now you have the tools ready for almost any homework challenge! I hope you’ll share your ideas for successful homework.

PLEASE NOTE: I would like to give full credit to the blog where this was found SimpleK-12Blogs. The original blogger intended this kit for math homwork, but I thought it could be applicable for any kind of homework. I will have my Homework Tool Kit for display at Open House on July 29th at South Edmonson, Room 104.  If you like this idea and make your own, please bring it, too. mcg