Organizing for HomeworkPosted: February 1, 2011
Things had really fallen apart with routines and homework to the extent that it was all too hard for all of us. So I resolved to start this year with better routines and habits and needed a dedicated space for homework. In our small, overcrowded house that was a big ask. Until the end of last year the boys did their homework at the dining table and if they weren’t finished by dinnertime it got shoved aside into what was already a blazing hot spot (to use FlyLady terminology). Then things got lost and homework wasn’t done and we slipped right out of our good routines.
When I looked at this year realistically, I could see that we were likely to repeat the same patterns if something didn’t change. We would still have irregular hours at times until I am back in full time work and this meant that the boys would be getting home and starting homework right on dinner time. They needed to be able to get up and leave it and then come back and find things as they had left them.
So I’ve surrendered the use of the two desks in the main bedroom to the boys for that part of the day that they need to do homework. This has multiple benefits. It forces me to keep my desk reasonably clear. The room is air-conditioned. There is easy access to a computer if I allow it. I can be in there dealing with laundry and/or ironing at the same time and there are far fewer distractions.
The boys thought the homework space looked great and Eric has put it to good use this week. We’re still waiting for the big Year 2 boy to come home with homework and then it will really be put to the test!