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I usually have them wait about an hour....I know how suckish it was to just get home from school and then have to immediately do home work.....they seem to work well doing it like that...gives them a bit of a break and downtime...
Immediately, within 10 minutes of walking in the door. If we wait, she'll whine that she doesn't want to do it. If we do it right away, she knows she HAS to.. and it seems to be easier on us. I tried both ways, so settled with what works.
I was doing it after dinner. I have switched to after lunch because I only have my 6 yr old in K so it only takes about half hour and then we do reading a couple of times throughout the day and night depending on whats going on.
Since it's just my kindergartener....I have her eat lunch and then play for an hour first. Then we tackle the homework....she's fine with it and understands if we don't get to it right away that we may forget.
Trisha--proud stay at home mommy and wife.
Withing a few minutes of getting home. We started it like that when she started K, so that it would become routine. There have been times where something came up and we had to wait until later and then it becomes a nightmare. She still fights me sometimes, or doesn't want to cooperate but it seems like the older she gets, the better its been. I used to have to be sitting right next to her the whole time, but now most of the time I only do if she asks for help.
We do it right then as well but it always seems like a struggle, especially now that it's nice out. So I've been waiting til after dinner, that's just as bad since her shows come on. I told her she has to choose when to do it, either miss the shows or do it immediately then she can play. It's so frustrating to get her to sit down and do it though.
We are like erika, we come home and he has a very quick snack (jake is always STARVING after school, no point working if he is concentrating on his rumbling belly!) and then right into it, otherwise he wont want to do it and will find it hard to tear himself away from play or tv or whatever. So it works best to just get it out of the way and then he has the whole evening to play and relax.