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4 Steps to Homework Success

father helping sonAs students progress in their education career, the amount of homework they receive begins to grow.  It is important for students to develop good homework habits so they can succeed.  However, developing these habits isn’t something that kids know innately.  It is up to teachers and parents to help students develop these skills.  HealthyKidsToday.org has compiled a list of strategies from the National Association of School Psychologists to make homework go more smoothly.

  • Find a location in the house for homework. The right location will be different for each kid.  Some children like to work in their bedroom, while others prefer to work at a desk or table.  Make sure that the location is cleared of distractions.  Discuss the pros and cons of the location with your child and then come to a mutual agreement on the location.
  • Set up a homework center.  Once you’ve picked a location, set up the area like a home office or homework center.  Make sure the area is large enough for your child to get all of their homework assignments accomplished.  Include all the supplies that will be needed such as pens, pencils, glue, graph paper, rulers, calculators and other supplies.  If the location is used for other purposes (such as the kitchen table), put the supplies in a portable bin so they can be accessed when needed and then removed.
  • Establish a homework time. Your child should get in the habit of doing homework at the same time each day.  This time can very depending on the child, but once it is established keep with it.  The earlier the better because the later it gets, the more tired your child will be.
  • Establish a daily homework schedule.  Homework sessions should begin with the parent going over what needs to be done for the day.  Then have your child write down what he or she needs to accomplish for the day.  Review all of the assignments with your child, make sure they understand each assignment and ask if they need any specific materials to complete them.  If your child needs help with anything, make sure to explain the assignment and help them learn without completing the assignment for them.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Homework

father helping sonGetting 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.

 

Do:

  • 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.

Don’t:

  • 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.

The Do's and Don'ts of Homework

father helping sonGetting 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.

 

Do:

  • 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.

Don’t:

  • 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.