By Erin D’Addio
It’s that time of year again….back to school! It is a very busy time of year, and there are lots of purchases that happen between August and September. As a first grade teacher, I often hear my students say they don’t have supplies at home to complete homework assignments or reports. So, while you are checking off that supply list from your child’s teacher, consider purchasing an extra set of some key items to keep at home. Most, if not all, can be found at the dollar store. However, right now these supplies are less than a dollar at your local discount stores.
1. 24 count box of crayons
2. Blunt scissors
3. Glue or glue sticks
4. Pencils with erasers
5. Handwriting paper for younger kids and notebook paper for older kids.
7. Index Cards
Make these items easy to access by setting up a “homework station.” This link, found on Pinterest, has several ideas on how to do that. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. In fact, a simple storage bin works great. I love the idea of a cute “supply caddy” you can put in the middle of the table. Get kids in the habit of sitting down in a “special” spot, getting out their supplies, and working on their homework every day. It is a skill that will come in handy down the road.
Show your children how to use the space. Do your homework along side them (reading Twitter articles, cutting coupons, etc). Help them put their spelling words on note cards (with the definitions on the back) and keep each week’s set in a card box. It’s a great visual representation to the all the knowledge they’ll have accumulated by the end of the year.
To help organize assignments, and keep you and your kids communicating, here is a free printable you can use to stay on top of assignments, set aside time for studying, and tests.
Have a great school year!