Hello, hello. Come in! This is Command Center. Repeat: this is Command Center.
Okay, so I don’t have any advice for creating that kind of command center for your kiddos’ back-to-school work. But I’ve discovered the coolest way to make homework a lot more enjoyable.
It’s all about creating a mobile homework command center.
A homework command center pulls all the bits, bobs, and doodads that your kids will need to complete their homework each day. It corrals the clutter and brings everything into one easy-to-manage space.
And the best part is that it’s completely mobile, so your kids can move it wherever they want to do their homework on a given day. Some kids like routine and stability and others prefer to be spontaneous and creative — so this lets them bring the command center with them wherever their brains work best.
Here’s how to make your mobile homework command center:
- The most important part of a mobile homework command center is that it’s mobile. So start out with a tray, basket, plastic tote, or other large portable surface that you kids can easily move from one place to another.
- Grab a few small cups and add them to the surface. This makes a big difference in separating out the supplies instead of having one big jumbled mess. You can go green and use dingy cups that you would otherwise throw out (repurposing for the win!) or you can buy some shiny new containers.
- Fill ‘er up! Add homework essentials like pencils, pens, sticky notes, highlighters, colored pencils, scissors, post-its, erasers, paper clips, pencil sharpeners, tape, crayons, and labels to the cups. This way, the dreaded “but Mooooom, I don’t have any [fill in the school supply here]” excuse will be a thing of the past!
- Add the bonus items. I like the idea of having a folder or small binder for papers that need to be signed. A calculator, protractor, stapler, hole punch, glue, or ruler might come in handy too. Think about what your kiddos will need based on their grade and workload, and add those into the mix.
- Make it personal. If you have multiple kids in your house, you’ll want to make it clear whose homework command center is whose. Colored tape is perfect for this — assign each child a color and add a small piece of tape to every item in their command centers.
- This is an important one — talk to your kids about keeping the homework command center tidy. Tell them that part of doing their homework will mean putting everything back in its place in the command center at the end of the day. It’s a great way to teach the important skill of tidying…and to prevent your house from becoming a monsoon of school supplies!
What other ways do you help your child through back-to-school season? Give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click the button below to chat.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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