Homework on the Go…the Homework Box

Whether your child is a gymnast, soccer player, or chess champion, sometimes homework just has to be done in the car.  Fortunately this year it isn’t a frequent occurrence for my girls, but if the need arises, I like to be prepared.  Last year when my girls had back to back practice, homework at the field or in the car was inevitable.  It was frustrating when they didn’t have the necessary supplies so I created a homework box.  Obviously I’m not the first to do this, but it’s a great help for my girls (and for me!)


Here’s what I keep in ours… (for my fifth and seventh graders)

-Pencil Pouch with pencils, pens, erasers, scissors, glue stick, sharpie and calculator

-Colored pencils

-Crayons (don’t leave in your car if it’s really hot or your box can become a melted modern art project)



-Folder with lined paper and plain white paper


Everything fits nicely in a “really useful 9 liter box.”  I love these boxes for all kinds of things, but this one fits nicely in the car, doesn’t take up a lot of space and can be used as a flat surface for writing and more.  (OK, I’m sure they put their dirty cleats on it…)  In the past I’ve used a file tote with a handle which although it was easy to carry, it was really bulky and I had trouble finding a place for it in the car.

Do you have any helpful strategies for doing homework in the car?


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