Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Bring on the Homework

We are gearing up for school in our house.  This year both kids are in all day school and at the same school.  There are good and bad things about it but I think the good outweighs the bad.  For example less miles put on my car, I am able to spend more time helping at school, and I don’t have to keep track of two different school schedules.  But with both kids coming home at the same time homework time is going to be tough.  Kyle is really good about doing what needs to be done, he’ll just go to his room and lock the door so Lana doesn’t bother him and spend hours doing homework.  His homework shouldn’t take hours to do so I guess he gets sidetracked a bit.  I’ve decided this year he’ll do homework at the kitchen table so I can help him stay on track.  Lana is used to having me all to herself helping with homework so that will be an adjustment.

I was flipping through a Family Fun magazine today and saw these awesome homework stations that I wanted to make.  So after dinner the kids and I braved the Wal-Mart school supply aisle a week before school starts.  It really wasn’t that bad and we were able to find all the stuff we needed.  I went home and an hour and a half later had two homework stations with their own privacy walls ready for the new school year. 

Kyle’s Homework Station

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Lana’s Homework Station

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Here is one of the all folded up.

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Cardboard, hot glue, and spray paint never cease to amaze me.  There is plenty of room for us to add things we didn’t think of  later.   Here is a link to Family Fun if you think you might need this at your house.  

I don’t know about you but I’m dreading the first week of school.  I sleep in longer than Kyle does and I must say I love the freedom Summer brings.  Kyle will have no problem at all getting back in the groove, he has set his alarm for 6:00am almost every morning since school was out back in June.  Many times I sent him back to bed, it’s just wrong, kids should like sleeping in.  The only ripple I see in Lana getting back in the groove is she doesn’t like to eat before 11:00am.  Any yummy breakfast recipes I can try to entice her with?


Smart Helm said...

As always.. way impressed with ur crafting skills. The thing that gets me is that u find a cute idea and actually follow through!

I hope it works! U'll have to keep us updated.

Eliza said...

Great idea! My kids get up way too early also. I wish I could sleep in somedays. Hooray for only one school schedule!!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Color me way impressed as usual. I wonder if one of those things would help Diana. Her teacher said to expect 50 - 60 minuted of homework and that has me shaking in my boots. At least if I wore boots I would be shaking in them.

Hooray for one school. I hope your life is calmer and you join us for breakfast at IHOP now and then.