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Back to school: Creating a homework station

Homework is to school as good times is to a glass of mojito. What, mojito is a bore you say?

Getting the kids excited about homework can be difficult, one friend found a great way to get her 7-year-old interested in completing his worksheets and reading assignments. I think the idea, copied from Family Fun magazine is genius.

Here what my friend Vanessa had to say about the Homework Station (pictured) ojorehw.jpg

"We got our fav magazine Family Fun and found the Homework Station. Ojore thought that it was like his own cubicle and loved the idea of having a special space to do his homework. By the time we finished creating the board, Ojore couldn't wait to get his first homework assignment."

You'll need:

1 Tri-fold foam board. The kind used for science projects.

A stapler and staples

Glue dots

1 strip of magnetic tape

A few magnets

2 clothes pins

A calendar

A craft knife or scissors

A zippered pencil bag

The instructions

We cut the board in half with a craft knife. (It can make two work stations.) We first put the magnetic tape in the center the board and then added clippings from magazines based on my son's suggestion we picked out words such as homework, school and glued them all over the board.

On the left side of the board we cut holes to insert the clothes pins to secure his weekly assignments. The calendar was placed in the center of the board with glue dots to mark activities and important dates.

ojore-homeworkstation.jpgWe also adhered a pencil bag with staples. The right side of the board was decorated with cork squares for personal notes.

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Gretchen Day-Bryant has a son in high school and a daughter in middle school. She’s lived to tell about the struggles of juggling little kids and work.
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