Doing homework on the road

pens, pencils, highlighter, rulerWith all the running around your family does for sports, there are times when your kids may claim they simply don’t have time to do their homework. Or clean their rooms. Or take out the garbage. Well, it is hard to clean your room if you aren’t home, but it is possible to do your homework. Home is where the heart is, right? Or in this case, where the homework is.

It’s easy to turn car time, or just waiting around time, into get ‘er done time. It’s just a matter of being prepared with a few essential homework items. Assemble a kit and stash it in the car for those trips to and from practice, or on the way to pick up your other kid. Here’s what you’ll need.

book light

  • Mechanical pencils (no sharpener required)
  • Pens in an assortment of colors
  • A highlighter
  • A notebook  or loose leaf paper
  • A ruler or straight edge
  • A book light, the most important, but often overlooked item.

You can buy some fancy homework lap pads and organizers, like this one from the Container $tore, but I go the simple and cheap way– a gallon size Ziploc bag that holds everything and tucks easily in the seat back. The notebook is firm enough for any writing but you can always improvise with a map book (Remember those? We used them before Garmins and Google Maps were invented) or a magzine (Remember those? We carried them around before the iPad was invented) or, well, you get the idea.

Zip Lock Homework KitOf course, you’ll want to grab the text books or worksheets and assignment papers so you have some homework to work on. Even if you only have 20 minutes, it’s amazing how much your child can accomplish. And it sure beats the 10 PM homework meltdown.

What do you think I should add to my homework kit? And if you’ve developed a “clean your room from the car” kit, I want to know about it.

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3 Comments on “Doing homework on the road”

  1. the suz says:

    You can’t clean your room BUT you can keep the car clean by taking out all the used food wrappers, empty bottles and papers that clutter up the van/car. Also clear out stuff that needs to go back home to be washed or isn’t needed.

  2. I like you homework car kit. I think you have everything covered, or if you are missing something you will soon find out (when your kids need it) and then you can add it to you kits. I too would love a “clean your room” or “clean your house” car kit. Maye i just need a kid or else a magic wand. Ha

    Thanks for stopping by over at Not Dabbling in Normal and reading my post about Chiggers and rose scented geranium. Emily

  3. Jennie from Colorado says:

    also helpful are a mini stapler, tape and sticky notes. Depending on how old the student is, colored pencils, markers & rubberbands may be useful, too. I have had a traveling desk in the car for my daughter since 2nd grade and those 10 – 15 minutes waiting for the tutor or for music lessons really eliminates meltdown (for kiddos and moms alike) when we all return home and have too much to do. And don’t forget to stash a book or magazine for mom in the car… you can enjoy that “homework time” as well!


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