Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Homework Helper!

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Okay, so where did the summer go? For us over here in Utah, the leaves are changing, and, the air is getting more and more crisp in the mornings. This could only mean one thing, Fall is on the way!
 This is one of my favorite times of the year. For many reasons. Spending time in the mountains enjoying the stunning landscape, fishing from a bank of a river soaking in the beauty all around, and enjoying looking at wildlife through the lenses of my binoculars.

Now your probably wondering why I chose the post title to be the homework helper. Right? Well, because fall is in full swing around here, so is back to school and the dreaded word (at least for me) HOMEWORK.

I enjoy nothing more than parking outside my children's school anxiously waiting for them to come out to the car and greet me with a smile and a kiss. I can't wait to have my kids home! I've missed them all day! My feelings quickly turn to frustration once we get home,  the nagging starts to keep my children on task and to get their homework done before play.

Many of you have probably seen some different spins on "the homework helper" Maybe Pinterest, or just doing a Google search. So, I can't take complete credit for it. Just for my spin on it. :)

This is what I came up with just by walking aimlessly around the Dollar Store trying to come up with the perfect getting homework done, solution.

This was my supply list.
  • A plastic bucket to hold all of the supplies
  • Name tag for each child
  • Scissor
  • Glue Sticks
  • Erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Crayons
  • Pencil and eraser holder
  • And of course a SNACK!
When school began for my children a few weeks ago and the homework started, I quickly learned that part of the problem with my frustration was my kids constant fighting over the supplies to complete their homework.
This was my PERFECT solution!!
By adding a name tag and a special snack inside, my kids actually get excited to take their homework helper to their designated homework spot, and get working!

You don't have to get crazy with the snacks. All I do is simply cut up an apple or another piece of fruit, place in a plastic baggie, put inside the homework helper and set on the counter for easy access once the kids get home from school. You could even put fruit snacks in there. You have many options. I've just found that by adding the snack before hand, allows for more time for me to make sure they are getting a nutritious snack and I don't have to prepare it while trying to help with homework. And, it only takes five minutes or so.
Thanks for reading this post! Stop by again soon! -Kathleen

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