Create a Homework Magnet Board

What You Need:

  • Small white board (8"x10” works just great)
  • Permanent marker
  • Flexible, flat stick-on magnets, available at craft or office store
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Fine-tip whiteboard marker that can be wiped off 

What You Do:

  1. Use the permanent marker to write a title at the top of the whiteboard. Leave a space for the date.
  2. Select about 6 magnets from the magnet pack. Help your child cut each one in half lengthwise, so that you have a long, thin pieces.
  3. Return to the white board. Beneath the title, create a strategic chart of the afternoon with each afterschool hour marked and divided into 20-minute intervals. Each 20-minute interval should be the width of one of your cut magnets; a regular, uncut magnet will represent 40 minutes. Here’s an example to get you started:
  4. With your child’s help, use the permanent marker to label your different magnets. Make several 20-minute magnets for "Homework," but also make one for “Snack," for "Dinner", and so forth. If an activity takes longer than 20 minutes, you can use a longer magnet for 40 minutes, or add a thick and thin set to make sixty. (Note: You may also want to do some color coding here with a certain color representing snack, another for homework, etc.)
  5. If you have advanced notice about homework, you can plan an afternoon the night before; otherwise, you can work at the kitchen table right when school ends or even in the car on the fly. Whatever you choose, help your child schedule the rest of her day by placing magnets where they belong. In the process, be sure to point out scale: when you get down to homework, there's great news: it does not need to take the entire day!

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