Doing homework on the roadPosted: August 28, 2012
With 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.
- 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.
Of 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.