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My son is in 5th grade this year. Big changes at school – they no longer have the same teacher all year, more independent thinking and reasoning, and the level of homework and studying has increased. There’s a lot more need to start studying subjects every day and not just the day before the test – this is a big change and tough my son who would always prefer to procrastinate.
Establish routine. Routine is important and something my kid can always use help with. But once a routine is established, things always run much more smoothly. After school each day he eats a light snack and drinks a glass of ice water. This helps him to be focused when he does his homework.
I then make sure he goes through his backpack, removing any graded paperwork that was returned, school notices and homework for the day. We also make sure his school supplies are well stocked – in 5th grade they no longer have a dedicated desk so extra school supplies such as pencils are kept at home.
First written homework is completed. Then he works on studying, reviewing notes from the day and preparing for upcoming tests. The big difference as he gets older is learning the habit of studying every day even with a test may be a few days away.
Establish rules regarding electronics We have a ‘no electronics on school nights’ rule. Cell phones are allowed to make calls to family or to listen to music. The computer may be used for homework. No television shows, YouTube videos, or video games. We already so busy during the week with homework, chores and sports that there isn’t much time for TV watching or game playing. By having the set rule, it’s clear where time should be prioritized and there’s no rushing through homework so a show can be watched.
Create a Homework station Create a homework station where supplies are all in one place and easily accessible. Because homework in our household is done at the kitchen table, I needed to create something that is portable and can be stored nearby.
Homework Station Tutorial
Step 1: Stock up on school supplies. As they reach the upper grades of elementary school their needs change. Instead of daily homework worksheets, much of his time is spent studying for a test or on longer term projects. Flash cards and notebooks are helpful for these tasks. Mechanical pencils and pens have been swapped for pencils and crayons. In addition to a ruler, he needs a protractor.
Step 2: Select a container – this can be a basket, metal bin or plastic container. I used a utensil holder that I already had lying around the house (I love using these for household kits and often stock up when they go on summer clearance). I wanted to add the word LEARN to the homework station. I used my Silhouette to cut vinyl letters, added transfer tape, and applied to the container. The word LEARN is done in Baskerville Old Face font and cut from gray colored vinyl.
Step 3: Add supplies. I like to use plastic cups in the slot so smaller items don’t get lost.
Step 4: Store in an accessible location near where homework is completed. My son does his homework on the kitchen table and I store supplies on a shelf of an end table that is a few feet away. No wasted time searching for school supplies and no excuses that he can’t find what he needs.
We often take for granted the glass of cold fresh water and the easy access to new school supplies here in the United States. Girls and women in Ethiopia have a very different experience. They are often burdened with the task of obtained fresh water and are unable to attend school. This is why I was excited to learn about the partnership of Emergen-C and Charity:Water for the #40Pounds Challenge and all that it is doing to bring fresh water to Ethiopia.
What is the #40Pounds Challenge?
Emergen-C, in partnership with Charity:Water, is promoting the #40Pounds Challenge. The challenge is to raise awareness of the struggles the girls and women of Ethiopia face to obtain fresh water and how it holds them back from an education. 40 pounds refers to the jug of water that women in Ethiopia have to fill each day to have water for the families. Their time is spent carrying this water great distances which takes aways from their time from learning and attending school.
What can you do?
All you need to do is take a photo of yourself holding something that weighs 40 pounds. Then upload te photo to Instagram, tag #40pounds, and tag @emergenc.
Emergen-C will donate $5 to charity: water to fund projects to bring clean water to Ethiopian communities. For more details check out this link.
I hope you will join me in this challenge and help “lift the burden” and bring clean water to the communities throughout Ethiopia.
While at Walmart stocking up on school supplies, I also picked up Emergen-C. It’s easy to find in the vitamin aisle. It’s always great to be prepared.
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