Turn your basic homework assignments into works of art with a little help from slim markers. After your kids have gotten the assignment completed in pencil, and have corrected any errors, give them a set of fine markers and ask them to trace their answers. This will not only give a little life to an otherwise routine assignment, but the tracing will reinforce the students' understanding and provide practice with fine motor skills.
For assignments like graphic organizers and Venn diagrams, use various colors for opposing ideas.
If your youngsters have a test coming up, even something as simple as the steps in the water cycle or types of environments, kids can benefit from using note cards more than question and verbal review alone.
Making the cards probably won't take you a long time, AND you'll find time for yourself when you're able to hand them over and ask your kiddos to go study. Have a reward like a healthy snack or time with the tablet handy.
If you can, make the cards with your kids! The process of manufacturing them will not only give them pride but will be a learning experience that may be all they need to ace that test!