I have a confession to make. I strongly dislike (to avoid using the word “hate” that my daughters aren’t allowed to say) homework. After facing the fact that at least some homework will enter our lives during our daughters’ schooling, I decided from the beginning to make it as painless as possible.
My thought is that when the girls have been in class all day, I want them to be as free and creative as possible in the hours after they get home. Therefore, my solution is to do homework in the car. Since I started this when my oldest was in kindergarten, they are used to the procedure. It also helps, at least in this instance, that we have about a 25-minute drive home.
Once I pick them up from school, we take a couple of minutes to discuss their day and then they start pulling books out of their book bags. I keep a couple of pens and pencils stashed in the side pockets of the car doors in case they have writing assignments to do. Any reading is accomplished quickly and I store a small Bible in the console which allows them to practice any Bible memory verses they need to learn. Our route home involves several traffic lights and, while we’re stopped, I call out words from their spelling list. I’m also now quite proficient at drilling math facts from memory while we continue our drive.
Once we get home, all I have to do is check over any written homework and sign their assignment books. Admittedly, occasional book reports and projects have to be done at home, but what a relief it is not to have to deal with daily homework at the same time.
I know that this method would not work for some people, especially those whose children ride the bus or who have other after-school activities, so please share with me any tips you have on getting homework done quickly!