All children benefit from having a clean, organized space in which to work on their home work. Creating such a space – using three basic ideas – will help your child get through nightly home-based assignments with greater ease and develop good study habits from an early age.
1) Find a space that works for your child.
On the floor, at a desk, in a corner…what works best for them to get their work done? Do they want music when they work – or not? Your job in setting up a work station is finding the place/conditions where they can be successful and produce their best work; let them have a voice in deciding what space works best for them. Some children like quiet, others prefer ambient noise, others like music. Each child has unique preferences about their environment. The evidence of success – or the need to make a change – is in the work they produce!
2) Provide them with all the tools they need so there is no excuse to get up and get something.
· Scissors Glue sticks Scotch tape Pencils Erasers Colored pencils and pens Post It Pads (in different sizes) Folders A ruler Shape templates
· A calculator NOTE: make sure the calculator you purchase uses algebraic logic (What is 2+3 x 5? No, not 25! 17 is the correct answer, believe it or not, if you follow the proper order of operations. TI-10 or TI-15 are inexpensive and do the job!)
· A dictionary A style guide for writing A thesaurus An atlas
· Access to a computer (optional)—NOTE: if your child uses the computer to search for information be sure to teach them about search terms and how to use them to refine their search. “Dinosaurs” produces more than 49 million results.
3) Be available for questions.
Reference Books for Kids
The American Heritage Student Dictionary
American Heritage Children’s Dictionary
Merriam-Webster’s First Dictionary
Merriam-Webster’s Elementary Dictionary
Merriam- Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary
Webster's Dictionary and Thesaurus for Students
Webster’s New World Children’s Dictionary
There is a book for each grade level!
The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need
Children’s World Atlas
National Geographic Student Atlas of the World
National Geographic Kids Beginner Atlas
NG Kids World Atlas
The Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the World
Math and Science Dictionaries
The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Math
Math Dictionary: Homework Help for Families
Math Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide
Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science
Science Dictionary: Dover Children’s Science Books
Scholastic Science Dictionary
Join us for the next IB Home School Connection Meeting on November 20!
Our featured topic will be “Modeling the Learner Profile”