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When I pick up my kids from school, we always talk about their days. That will never change.
But our commute is really long (45 minutes) and after about 10 minutes, I know who got in trouble (always some OTHER kid, of course), what was for lunch (well, I discover the dessert portion of the meal), and what they learned (nothing...every single day).
So we do homework in the car.
I let each boy pick out an inexpensive clipboard for use only in the car. We store it in the netting behind the front seats of the car.
The clipboard lets them do written homework, like math worksheets. Math is really easy for my kids, so it's great to practice in the car.
After math, we also do any reading assignments and call out spelling words. (I have the boys call them to each other while I drive.)
We do save things like writing a paragraph for at home, though.
Before, they would hate getting out of the car at home. They dreaded homework.
Since we've started this new routine, after school hours have gotten much more pleasant. Even if there is homework left for at home, it's not much.
The boys are much happier and actually ask to do car homework now.
If you have a long commute, try it. Not every kid can handle homework in the car, but don't automatically assume that your kids can't handle it.
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