Getting your kids to do their homework can be tough. Helping them learn from their homework and succeed without doing it for them can be tough as well. There are many things you can do to help with the homework process; from creating the right homework environment to helping with homework problems. There are also many pitfalls to avoid. Sometimes we as parents think we are helping, but end preventing our children from learning on their own. Our friends at The Learning Community have put together a great list of do’s and don’ts for homework.
- Provide quiet study time in a well-lit place.
- Be available to encourage, praise, advise, and supervise.
- Monitor your child’s understanding of concepts and skills.
- Check work for accuracy, neatness, and completeness.
- Provide related home-learning experiences to reinforce concepts learned at school.
- Cooperate with and be supportive of the child’s teacher.
- Help your child make education a top priority during his/her school years. Show by example that learning can be exciting and fulfilling.
- Do the child’s homework for him/her.
- Make excuses or allow the child to make excuses for incomplete or sloppy work.
- Change, criticize, or belittle a teacher’s assignments. If there’s a problem, talk to the teacher.
- Allow the child to skip an assignment he/she doesn’t like.
- Fill the child’s life with so many non-school activities there is no time left for homework or play. Relieve the child of responsibility for getting homework back to school on time.