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DIY On-the-Go Homework Station

September 2, 2015
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Carpool Diaries: Our On-the-Go Homework Station

(FYI…Carpool Diaries is a space in All Inspired Mom where I share those things that cross my mind while waiting in the carpool line.)

Don’t you love a good Twitterchat?  I jumped into the #MotherhoodChat last Sunday hosted by these fabulous bloggers… The Mrs. Tee, Dayngr, TidbitsofExperi, Mrs_AOK, KrisNaturally & BlissandFaith.  If you are a Mom this is a great chat to attend.  You walk away with helpful tips & will be inspired by the variety of ways mothers are handling their mommy-game.

The topic of the chat I attended was “Back to School”.  One of the questions that was given to the group was….

“What changes have you had to make throughout the years to your school routine?”

I thought it was such a good question because as my kiddos are getting older our school routine changes a bit.  A tactic that I have been using and evolving each school year has been our On-the-Go Homework Station.  If your schedule is like mine running from soccer, to piano, to gymnastics, to running club, to math enthrimchement…the list goes on and on. You find yourself having a lot of downtime in the car either before or in between practices.  If you have multiple children (I have 3 lovelies) you always end up with one or two of them chillin’ & playing the waiting game with you.   So, a couple of years ago I had to find away that we could still have a functional and quiet place to do homework even when we are relaxing in the van.

The rule in our house is “No Homework then No Sports/Activities.”  I really try to stick to this rule that homework has to be completed before they hit their practice.  Creating a mobile homework station was important for me to help keep my kids abiding to our rule.  Let’s check it out…

A couple of years ago I bought this binder for coupon-clipping (big fail…gotta figure that coupon-thing out.) & transformed it into our On-the-Go Homework Station or the kiddos call it “The Big Ol’ Binder“.

DIY On-the-Go Homework Station

Our “On-the-Go Homework Station”

(Who remembers when we use to call these Trapper Keepers?  Remember the velcro flap?)

I keep the binder in the car to hold all the tools the kids need for everyday homework.  I have 3 kids and this binder is big enough to hold materials for all of them including a few extra things.

There are 3 major sections of our On-the-Go Homework Station.

The first section is the  “Kid’s Section” (each of my kiddos have their own section.)

A.  Kid’s Sections:

Each kid's section in the "On-the-Go Homework Station" has a calendar & other materials to help with homework.

     1.  Calendar listing their electivities, activities & any tests or projects for the week.  Having visual reminders are very helpful to me & for my kids.  Plus, it squashes the constant question, “What elective do I have tomorrow?”

2.  Copy of their Daily Schedule Just in case we need to review what happened during the day.

3.  A folder to hold worksheets, completed work or papers I have to sign.  I can review each of these while I’m waiting for practice to end & then kids can send them in the next day.

4.  Extra lined paper or graph paper.  

 

Every good homework station or desk has to have tools to help get the work done.

The second section is the “Homework Tools Section”.

B.  Homework Tools Section

"On-the-Go Homework Station" has 2 pouches for homework tools.

1.  Pencil Pouches Two pouches that hold mechanical pencils (so I don’t hear, “My pencil is broken.  I can’t work.”), colored pencils, scissors, glue stick, stapler, staples, index cards, a big eraser, highlighter, markers, ruler & pencil sharpener.  Did I miss anything?

 

The “Big Ol’ Binder” is big enough to hold everything we need.

Peek inside our "On-the-Go Homework Station".

The third section is the “Side Pocket Section”.

C.  Side Pocket Sections

 

More sections in the DIY "On-the-Go Homework Station"  The side pocket section holds loose papers, reading material and a few other things. Each sleeve is labeled to keep all of our things organized.  Here is what’s in each sleeve.

 

Reading materials to keep inside the "On-the-Go Homework Station"

 

  1. “To Read Sleeve”  Extra reading material when kids have finished or need to log in some reading time.
  2.  “Spelling Sleeve” Holds copies of my youngest kiddo’s spelling words to  review for his weekly tests.
  3.  “Fun Sleeve”  I try to keep a crossword puzzle or a small board game or cards in this section.  This mainly used on rainy or cold days & when can’t sit outside during practice.

 

 

 

Mom's reading materials, journal & school envelopes for the "On-the-Go Homework Station"

 

4. “Mom’s Sleeve” (Yup, I need to be entertained, too!)  I usually have a small journal so I can make notes or to-do lists.  Any fun magazines that don’t take up a lot of room and where I can sit and catch up on.  I also keep extra school money envelopes so if checks need to be written for school I can do so & have them ready for the next day.

 

 

 

 

More tools for the "On-the-Go Homework Station"

 

5. “Boogie Sleeve” This is where I keep the Boogie Board.  As you can see in this pic.  If you haven’t seen a Boogie Board it is similar to a dry erase board, but erases with the touch of a button.  This is perfect for practice spelling practice test, math practice or just free drawing time.

I also keep an old clipboard tucked away in the binder when the kids need a flat surface to finish worksheets, etc.

The Math Bingo game pictured here is what I keep in the FUN section with the crossword puzzle book.  Doesn’t sound like fun, but when you need to incorporate learning into a game this helps.

 

One more tool I need to mention…”The Internet“.  There are many times my kiddos need to access websites, etc. on a daily basis.  Until, my hubs buys me that hot spot I’ve been dying to have we use my cell phone for internet access.  One of my kiddos has to log in to a program called Edmodo every evening.  This is where they posts their homework & watch videos her teacher has posted.  Very cool website!

 

So far, the On-the-Go Homework Station aka “Big Ol’ Binder” has worked for us.  Carrying the binder and not having 3 backpacks blocking the aisle of the van has made our afternoon activities a little more manageable.   However, I am still a strong supporter of homework being done at home in a quiet place.  Occasionally we have these quiet nights, but having the “Big Ol’ Binder” on the other nights has been helpful.

 

What’s in your toolbox to help your kid’s manage their homework during the daily grind of afterschool activities?

Did you enjoy this week’s Carpool Diaries?  If so, then check out the Carpool Diaries: The Power of “Will” and Carpool Diaries: The Carpool Power Hour.

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  • Brittany @ DIY Just Cuz September 2, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    What a smart idea! Now there can be no excuses for uncompleted homework! 😉
    Thanks for sharing at the Welcome Home Wednesdays link party; we hope to see you again next week!

    • All Inspired Mom September 9, 2015 at 2:33 am

      Brittany, I love the Welcome Home Wednesday linkups…so much fun going on over there. Def no homework excuses going on over here especially when we have the “big ol’ binder” in our backseat. Thank you so much for stopping by & take care! See you at the next Welcome Home Wednesday! 🙂

  • Mrs. AOK September 2, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you for the lovely mention! I’m glad you enjoyed our chat 🙂 I always walk away with a warm heart, it’s nice to see mothers unite. I love our little online village 🙂

    YOU ARE A GENIUS!! I love love LOVE your big ol’ binder!! I just have random pencils and crayons shoved in my purse along with snacks. I like your waaaaay more organized idea MUCH BETTER. I’m totally jacking this and pinning. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!
    You’re a supa star!!
    P.S I hope to see you at our next chat.
    XOXO

    • All Inspired Mom September 9, 2015 at 2:23 am

      Mrs. AOK, your ROCK! Providing a forum where we can learn from each other is awesome! The big binder has saved us and the bottom of my purse, lol! Thank you so much for all the love & can’t wait to drop in on the next chat! 🙂

  • Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories September 6, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Simply genius. I can’t believe everything you have in that binder. I’m of the homework before anything else train of thought too. Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!

    • All Inspired Mom September 9, 2015 at 2:17 am

      Tanya, thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for the pin. You know I love the Small Victories linkup…so much goodness going on there. 🙂 So far, over the years the binder has worked for us. Although, my first choice is homework should be at a desk at home. But, activity schedules keep us busy. Ugh! So, happy you dropped in…thank you so much Tanya & take care! 🙂

  • Lyn@MidMichiganMom September 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    What a fantastic idea to keep organized! I also have 3 lovelies who are active in sports. My lack of a homework binder means that markers go missing, the “I don’t have a pencil” excuse works and the floor of my car is covered in papers. FAIL. I will be implementing your method ASAP. You get my vote for Feature of the week 😉 Thank you for linking with us on Welcome Home Wednesday. Make sure to stop by next week!

    • All Inspired Mom September 9, 2015 at 2:06 am

      Lyn, thanks so much for stopping by! I love “Welcome Home Wednesday” so many great posts….wow, I’m so humbled that you’d vote for this post to be the feature. Thank you, thank you! Having 3 kiddos running in 3 different directions can make your mind spin….I’m right there with you. So far, this system has worked for us. I hope it works for you and your cutie pies! Take care & I will catch you at the next Welcome Home Link up! 🙂

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom September 8, 2015 at 2:03 am

    This is great! BOTH of my kids have homework this year (my daughter is new to it!) and we are always running from one place to the other. I usually always try to keep a pencil or two in the car, but this is even better!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • All Inspired Mom September 9, 2015 at 1:59 am

      Carrie, I know the feeling of running back and forth. So far, the binder has worked great and it stays in the car so I’m not scrambling to find anything. Hope you guys have a great school year and thank you so much for stopping by! Take care! 🙂