Both days, I felt rushed working with the girls on their homework.
The teachers have all made it clear that no part of homework should take more than 10-15 minutes. It's not designed to take longer than that and if it is, frustration can easily set in. There's also an extra 5 minutes needed here and there for extras, such as math facts or reading. I would have preferred to work individually with the girls but I didn't have the 45-60 minutes that would have taken. When the time came for homework Monday after dinner, I originally planned to have one kid sit at the little table in the playroom, one at the counter in the kitchen and one at the dining room table. That plan went right out the window when I learned that the counter was the coveted seating spot. I made room for all three at the counter. Thankfully, they can work somewhat independently but they still require assistance. Allie's spelling homework isn't as structured as Emily's and Anna's and I wanted to spend some more time with her but she was a tired mess so I did what I could and moved on.
I purchased a folder/paper storage system this weekend. It's still a work in progress but I think I've created an orderly process to keep the paperwork organized and easy to find. Well, the whole thing makes sense to me. Rich dropped the girls off at school this morning and Grammy picked them up. I didn't expect to arrive home from work until eight o'clock tonight so I sent her this email explaining what the girls needed to get through this afternoon/early evening.
There’s a new filing system in the kitchen under the whiteboard. There are 6 slots – from left to right those are:
Allie – IN
Anna – IN
Emily – IN
Allie – OUT
Allie – OUT
Anna – OUT
Emily – OUT
When you empty their folders, any papers that are staying home (things they did at school) should go into the IN slots. All papers that need to eventually go back to school should go in the OUT slots, along with their folders. When papers are ready to go back to school, I put them into their folders.
Homework for tonight:
Allie – She had a math sheet come home last night, we already did that and I put it in her folder today (it’s not due until tomorrow.) She needs to go over her spelling words. However you want to do that. You can follow that activity suggestion sheet– I think tonight, it is writing out the words. I would also focus on “take” and “and.”
Anna – Will have a sheet in her packet to complete for spelling. This week’s packet is paperclipped together and located in her OUT slot.
Emily – Now has a math sheet come home with her every night that is due the next day. She will also have a sheet to do in this week’s spelling packet, which is located in her OUT slot. The cover sheet of last week’s packet, which contains the instructions as to which sheet she needs to complete tonight is under the slots. There are 2 horizontal cubbies under the 6 top slots. On the very bottom are papers to keep. I believe that sheet is on the very top.
They should all have at least 5 minutes of math facts too.
I thought it was interesting that Emily told me that some kids in her class don't do their homework. Apparently, their folders still contain papers untouched by the parents/adults at home. I'm not judging because who knows what's happening at home but now I understand why the teachers send out a million reminders regarding homework and extra reading and math at home.