Between schoolwork, online work, homework, products, submitting work, and more, you might feel like you just don’t have enough time in the day to plan it and complete it. In order to keep track of these things, making them a little more manageable, we wanted to give you this free homework planning sheet. It will help you and your child stay on top of their work.
I think the hardest part of the homework is learning how to budget time. This is a hard lesson for students to learn (even adults still struggle in this area!). It’s important to teach our kids to budget & organize their time. Time-management skills are one of the best things that we can teach our children. In order to help our kids tackle the time-management portion of homework, I give them this Homework Planning Sheet every week.
On top of that, making a “to-do” list helps kids to see what has to be done, as well as give them an opportunity to check things off once it’s finished. This gives them a sense of accomplishment.
This homework planner offers students the benefit of writing down all of their tasks, reviewing what they have to do, budgeting their time to fit it all in.
It gives them a chance to look at the upcoming week and write down everything that they have to do for the week. They can see exactly what needs to be done and when they need to do it. We write in things like practice or appointments on certain days, so they can see where they will have limited time.
This homework planner is an easy way to help our kids with time management and organization.
Why do children fall behind on classwork?
- Procrastination. Are they setting aside enough time to complete their work? Are they doing it before other things each day (before relaxing, sports, etc.)
- Confusion. Does your child understand the material and what they are being asked to do for their homework?
Sometimes children ignore their homework because it is too confusing and they are embarrassed to ask for help, admitting failure.
Tips to Remember While Doing School Work at Home:
- Have a designated spot.
It allows them to stay focused. They understand that this area is for working and school work. We have this DIY Homework Station that we built with materials from Ikea. ↓ Check out the details here (and the updates with the shelving for their books & work)
- Keep their to-do work Organized with an Organizing Station:
Creating a homework station that holds their paperwork is another great way to keep your kids organized.
- Have a system for completed work.
When our kids finish their work and it has been submitted, we still keep it, just in case the teacher can’t find it later (emails get lost and I didn’t want our kids to have to repeat the work). We kept one bin per child. We would just paperclip the work from the week together, along with a piece of paper that had the date on it (paperclipped to the top of the pile). We’d just throw it into the bin. Simple.
- Use this time to teach your child time-management skills.
Work before play. It’s a lesson best learned when your child is young.