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What you will need:

  • recycled white paper
  • clear page protectors
  • ruler
  • dry erase markers
  • tape
  • regular and colored pencils
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • clipboard
  • magnets
  • paperclips
  • any other homework supplies that your child uses daily

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Step 1: Create a Calendar System

Now that my son is older, he has many subjects that he needs to stay on top of each day. However, there are a handful of subjects that he usually has homework in: math, spelling, vocab and reading. I printed a simple weekly calendar on recycled paper and inserted each page into a clear reusable page cover. I hung each week on a large magnetic board, then filled in the homework assignments using a dry erase marker. (This way I can erase and write in new homework assignments each week.)

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Step 2: Get Magnetic

The easiest way that I could think of to keep all of the supplies together was by gluing magnets on the back of essential supplies and hanging them on the magnetic board. The supplies that my son uses almost every night include; scissors, tape, hole punch, paper clips, pencils, markers, and a ruler.

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Step 3: Make it a Habit

My son has other things that he has to practice everyday to keep up in school. For example, he needs to practice his musical instrument, read for at least 30 minutes and practice his math facts. I used a large piece of orange paper that I found in the recycling bin and placed it inside another reusable clear page cover and wrote his daily and weekly reminders on it with a dry erase marker. I included a large check box next to each item, so he can check it off as he completes it.

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Step 4: Keep It Together

The key to this system working is to return items to the magnetic board when you are finished using them. The magnets make this system very easy to use and maintain. Just gather up the supplies after the homework is finished and place them back on the board.

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Step 5: You Have to Use It

In order for the system to work, you have to keep it updated daily. I want my son to take over writing the assignments in the box and marking them off when they are completed. I want him to see that being organized can really help him do well in school. These types of systems also work well for adults – especially those of us who work at home.

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Step 6: Make it Fun

Let your child help to create the board and decorate it the way that they like. This will encourage them to take pride and control of the board. Put the board in a section of your home where everyone can see it, and encourage your child to go in and update the board after they finish their homework each evening.
How do you keep your child’s homework organized?