School is back and with that comes HOMEWORK. Research, including the Harvard Family Research Project, shows that when parents are involved with their children at school, they have a better chance at succeeding. See below for some general homework tips. But first for a little “homework” humor to start the year off right.
|My Excuses by Arielle Perkins (January 21 1990/Washington) abridged version|
|I started on my homework
but my pen ran out of ink.
My hamster ate my homework.
My computer’s on the blink.I accidentally dropped it
in the soup my mom was cooking.
My brother flushed it down the toilet
when I wasn’t looking.
My mother ran my homework
Some aliens abducted me.
It took so long to make these up
|10 General Homework Tips
1. Let Them Unwind – Your child has been working hard all day. Give your child 15-20 minutes after school to relax or play outside before jumping into their homework.
2. Keep snacks on hand or have your child eat before starting their work– A hungry child is a distracted child.
3. Set the scene – It is common sense, but such an important strategy. A quiet, well-lit area in your home is the best place to do homework. Prevent any distractions, such as turning off the television, putting away the games, changing the phone to “manner mode” etc.
4. Prepare all the material s/he needs – This includes all the basics such as pens, paper, glue, dictionary, etc. Some parents create a homework kit.
5. Establish a regular time – Try to establish a set time each day for doing homework. Find a plan that works for your family and stick with it.
6. Be positive, positive, positive – A positive attitude from the parent goes a long way. The attitude you express about homework will be the one your child develops, too. Make sure to include plenty of praise during the process. Every child welcomes praise from his/her parent.
7. Do the harder homework first – Do more challenging assignments first, so your child is most focused.
8. Provide guidance, not answers –This is very important as giving answers does not help your child learn the material. Keep a balance in how much you help your child. Homework is a great way to teach your child to be an independent lifelong learner.
9. Teach organizational strategies – Make sure that your child has a diary/planner and is using it correctly.
10. Watch for signs of failure or frustration – Let your child take a short break if s/he has difficulty focusing. Talk to the teacher/tutor if you find that your child is seriously struggling.
There are many fantastic websites with homework tips. For homework tips for various grades check out: