Homework Notebooks Work

"Honey do you have any homework?"
" I don't know. I can't find it."
Does this sound like a conversation you might have with your son son or daughter?    Here, at the onset of another school year,let's see can do about that. In First grade, children begin to be assigned homework. Small children, once they begin, to learn to write should begin keeping  homework notebooks.  Here's how it works, At the start of each day, use a clean sheet of paper. Write the date the top of the sheet. Then, younger children should be helped to either copy their homework from the whiteboard or helped to write it down. (For younger children this accomplishes two deveopmental goals: copying accuratly  and  organization. As a younger child accomplishes a completed assignment, they are given a reward that matches the way they learn,(stickers, praise etc.) Older students  willuse their notebooks or dayplanners to keep track of assignments. As assignments are accomplished students learn to be self-driven. A self-driven child becomes an adult that emplyers  will seek.  This all begins by giving your child  some ownership of their accademic success in their homework notebook or dayplanner. Give it a try!


I really like this idea. I use a variation of it while teaching my 3rd graders (I provide two composition books at the beginning of the year, one stays with them one day while the other goes home with me for review. They write down their homework and do it in the book that they take home that day, then bring it back the next. Then we swap books and the process begins again) It seems to be working so far. For example, I noticed that students who did not write down their homework off the board don't tend to do their homework that day while students who did write down the homework in their notebook do do their homework. It's not always a matter of effort. It may simply be a matter of organization that has to be taught, coached and learned. I can't say how this will affect them as adults, but I know that even as a college student I needed that reminder from time to time what my homework was. Thank you Julie for your post and best wishes!


Julie F.

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