Homework is Fun! Take-Home Kits

If you stood in front of my school on a Monday at 2:30 in September, you’d see my kindergarteners skipping happily out to their cars toting such items as a picnic basket, a garbage can, a paint bucket, a pillow case, and a diaper bag. What’s inside? Their homework of course!

I have been creating and using what I call "homework kits" in my kindergarten class since 2003. Each kit is housed in a unique container and filled with books, language arts activities, and math activities that are based around a theme inspired by the container. In my class, each student takes home one kit at a time, and keeps it for a week, until they have experienced each and every kit. 
On my blog I feature one homework kit per month and offer instructions for making the kit. I also include any worksheets that go with the kit and an activities list so parents will know how to use it with their children. The instructions, worksheets, and activities lists are in PDF format. I will send them via email to anyone who requests the curriculum through the "contact" tab on my website. 
My kits make homework magical for children. I hope you will take the time to make one (or all of them!) and experience the joy and excitement they will bring to your classroom!
Happy Teaching,
Andrea Randall

Below is a picture of The Diaper Bag, the kit's instructions and the related PDFs you'll need.
And below all that I included pictures of two more kits. 

The Garbage Can

The Pillow Case

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1 comment:

  1. That is an excellent idea for homework, Andrea! Let's see if I can replicate in my class.

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