Everything has to get done:  Dinner, piano lessons, after-school activities, and then the dreaded word…..HOMEWORK.

After raising three children with the Abeka curriculum, I fully understand that homework can sometimes be overwhelming, but rest assured my family all got through it, and my children are not scarred for life. 🙂  In fact, I miss those days of my house filled with spelling pretests, Bible verse memory work, and all those map locations!!

School days may seem long; however, the days will fly by, and soon your children will be graduating.  Enjoy these days, and don’t put so much pressure on yourself or your child that you cannot enjoy the time spent with them.

My husband and I were a team when it came to working with our children.  We learned early on that we both could help our kids in different ways.  And to be honest, it helped when one of us needed a bit of relief from working with the kids.

When the kids arrived home, I usually had a light snack for them.  Then they had some down time before dinner.  Homework started after dinner.  The kids did their chores over the weekend, because during the week their main job was to get their schoolwork done.  By the time I cleaned up from dinner, I was ready to quiz them or help them on their projects.

Each of my children were different when it came to working on their school work.   Two liked to study in quiet places, while the other liked to be with me sitting in the kitchen doing his work.  In my opinion, both can be effective ways to learn.  Observe your child and see in what environment he does best.

As a parent, I know how much you love your “babies.”  As a teacher, I see all the potential each child has as he comes through our school.  HBA is not perfect, but I do not know of any other place that could love and care for children more than we strive to.  Please don’t ever hesitate to contact us with your concerns.

Listed below are a few things that helped me get through the “homework years.”

  1. Designate a study place that has good lighting and is free from distractions such as electronic media.
  2. Keep a consistent schedule and routine. My children all practiced two instruments and kept up with their homework. A microwave timer was used to help them meet practice and study times.
  3. During the week, we did not allow video games, computer time, or television. But, during the weekend…we partied! 🙂  To be honest, my husband and I were not on our electronics during the week.  We kept the house quiet and worked on things that would not distract the kids.

Don’t be surprised if your kids need help.  We teachers, do our best to explain things and give clear directions; however, children won’t always remember all that we say.  Always be there to help while encouraging them to try on their own.

Keep things organized.  I realize how hard this can be.  Each Saturday, the kids and I went through their  backpacks, folders, and old papers.  We did it together so it would provide training and accountability.  It was not time-consuming at all.

Write assignments and events down on your home calendar or electronic device.

Remember, you are the shepherd of your child’s heart.  Try to leave time for prayer and fellowship each day.  Put things in perspective.  Remember how precious the days spent with each of them are.