Make sure the lines of communication are open between you and the teachers. Ask your kids what homework is and ask the teacher what's on the board for homework and take home projects. This helps you catch anything that the kids might be tempted to procrastinate on and it keeps the kids honest about what's due when. My 9 year old HATES it and her teachers LOVE it. Downeastsunrise is absolutely right about organization, it's a necessary life skill that needs to be actively taught and it will help prevent "panic" homework sessions. Don't let homework or projects become a power struggle; rather, embrace it like a fun challenge and get your hands dirty too. Joining in lets them know how important they are to you and that you're really right there if they get stuck. When time gets tight, multi-task.
On a side note, all homework in my house happens at the kitchen table. The TV, Stereo, and computers are BANNED (unless internet is required for the project -- then it's actively supervised) until homework is done.
I can TOTALLY relate! Its really hard juggleing all the pieces and keep yourself healthy. My advice use the planner your school sends home or invest in one. Help your child organize what s/he will do when. I agree with one of the posts here that it is there project BUT as a parent you have to be involved and stay on top of things. I say help when you can and often. Work on the project while you cook dinner. Skip TV for a night. Pick you child up early one day to work on it. Meet with the teacher to discuss why there are so many projects so. VENT OFTEN!! LOL You're doing a great job. Congrats for staying involved!!!! Keep it up even when it gets hard!!!
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I hear you. My kids not only have projects, but outside of class GROUP projects as well! Each and every one requires a trip to the store ($).
My kids' public schools favorite thing is asking for $, both in outright donations, class fees and fundraisers (as in, "We ask that parents donate a minimum of $1,800 per student").
Man I totally feel you on this one. I have no good advice. Is he procrastinating, or is the teacher just giving them one day to work on these projects. We've had both issues. The one day thing, you just have to suffer through it and try to help the best you can. If he's procrastinating, I started checking the teacher's website every evening and making him do anything he could over the weekends.
Sorry I don't have any better advice. Just take a break when you need to and remember that ultimately it's HIS project and he needs to be doing the majority of the work.
Get 7-9 hours of sleep, drink plenty of water, take breaks to walk outside, and set aside "you" time (even if it's just 10 minutes a day.)
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It has been a long day at work (but I did manage to take the steps to the top floor 2 times today). Then I come home to help my 6th grader finish his 3rd project for school already in the first month of school. He brought 3 more projects that are due the first 2 weeks in October! Any suggestions on helping cope with work, 3 children, multitudes of projects and still stay SANE????
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