Back to school! We’re on a year-around calendar, so my oldest has been back to school since July, but lots of kids are going back right around now. Back to school means back to homework!
I don’t know about your house in the afternoons during the school year, but my house is c-h-a-o-s starting at about 3:30 pm. The dynamic of the kids when Justin gets home is crazy, everyone’s excited, a little tired, ready for a snack… and then it’s homework time. It’s hard to settle in and get focused for my 7 year old, he’s always complaining about being distracted by his sisters. So when I saw the Homework Center idea in Family Fun magazine I thought it was the perfect solution! He can sit at the kitchen table, near to me as I start dinner incase he has a question, while still having a bit of privacy.
I made it 2nd grade friendly, so no calculator or anything too advanced. I started with a large tri-fold display board and added all the things to make homework easier. I wrote important dates and meetings into a desk calendar and attached top and center with large clips…
Homework Hide-Away - desk calendar
I mounted foam frames to the board, leaving the top backs of the frames free from adhesive so that I can easily slide photos into the frames. I used some of his favorite photos from our summer vacation to get him started, and I’ll switch them out as the year goes on and he has new favorites.
Justin brings a sheet of spelling words home every week and has assignments using those spelling words every night, so I cut up a folder and mounted the pieces onto the board to use as pockets. These hold blank paper on one side for his assignments, and the spelling words on the other. They can also be used to hold any other worksheets or study sheets he may bring home.
Homework Hide-Away - paper pockets
I mounted a small plastic sliding box to hold pencils, pens and highlighters…
Homework Hide-Away - pencil box
And some large paper clips to hold any fun extras or small notes. I stuck a RecycleGuys.org trading card in one of them to get him started…
Homework Hide-Away - paper clips
I left the entire bottom center of the hide-away empty so that he can add his own personal touches… tape up his art work, add stickers, whatever he wants to make it his own.
As you can see, it’s a hit! He likes to call it his “office.”
Homework Hide-Away - his "office"