Evenings are pretty chaotic in our household. With five children who are all active in sports, it often feels like we’re on the go right up until bedtime. Making time for family dinners and homework is a high priority, but making it a smooth and easy process is often challenging.
After several years of searching for pencils, glue, scissors, etc. for the current assignment each night, it finally dawned on me that there just has to be a better way. My solution seems so incredibly simple — I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner!
This past fall when I was stocking up on school supplies at bargain prices, I purchased extras of everything; not only to replenish my kids’ needs at school but to create what we now call the Homework Box.
The Homework Box:
The homework box contains all of the supplies that any one of my kids might need to complete their homework on a given night, and it’s off limits outside of homework time so that we can be assured that we have a complete set of colored pencils or crayons available at all times.
We also store any flashcards or learning rings that a teacher sends home in the box to keep things simple. All of the items are housed in an inexpensive Sterilite tote that I picked up at Target.
Items in our Homework Box:
#2 pencils, sharpened
Elmers Glue Sticks
Crayola Colored Pencils
While we still have our occasional homework battles because the kids are tired or grumpy, we’ve completely avoided the missing supplies issues so far this year!