Helping with Homework Management for Middle School Students
Homework is so much easier to do when you have specific routines in place. Middle school students need organization to get things done effectively. Here are some ways that you can help middle school students with homework management.
Find a suitable homework location- The first thing you need to do is choose a location where your child can do their homework that is well-lit and free of distractions. This will vary by family and lifestyle as well as your child. This location may be on the kitchen table or a desk in their bedroom. The two worst places they can do homework is on the couch in front of the TV and their bed. The TV will distract them and their bed is too much of a temptation for a nap.
Create a homework center- In order for your child to be productive during homework time, they need to have everything they need in front of them. This way, they don’t have to get up for a pencil, only to get up again 15 minutes later for their history book. Equip their homework location with things like pens, pencils, markers, scissors, rulers, school books, paper, folders, dictionary and calculator. A great way to organize these items is to put them in a portable crate.
Establish a productive homework time- Kids have different times when they are most productive to do their homework. Some kids want to get home from school, have a quick snack and start their homework. Other kids like to come home from school and unwind and do their homework right after dinner. Figure out when your child is most productive so they can do their homework at the same time each day.
Create a daily homework schedule- It is important that you and your child establish a daily homework schedule. Before they get started on their homework, determine what they have for an assignment, what materials they will need and how long they need to complete each assignment. This homework schedule should also account for short breaks after 20-30 minutes of homework.