We know, because our professional staff spends so much time making out-of-school hours fun, safe, and constructive for kids.
Over the years, our trained youth mentors and program facilitators have developed lots of strategies and ideas to make homework more fun.
While many children will have no problem deciding what they would like to draw and write in their journals, some children may have difficulty choosing a topic.
You should certainly allow children to write whatever they would like to in their journals, but it is equally as important to provide a question or a topic for children.
Place several pieces of white copy paper between the sheets of construction paper and staple along the edge like a book.
Label the front of the journal with the student's name.Avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to homework help by using these age-appropriate tips.When students reach high school, having parents hanging around to nag them about homework doesn't always help.About 6 years ago I decided to simplify my homework program.Rather than giving weekly homework packets (mostly worksheets), I decided to try giving monthly assignments.I had tried this in the past (using the monthly calendars from the book ) but many of the activities were "unstructured" and my parents just weren't following through with them.I needed something more structured that I could actually see was done.Each day has a specific page in the packet to complete.The skills reflected in the homework are based on the scope/sequence of Open Court phonics and our shared reading program.As children grow, allow them to write the words themselves using inventive spelling.Save the finished journals to show the progression of writing skills from the beginning of the year to the end.