How many times has this scene occurred?
Child: Can I go and play for a while?
Parent: Do you have any homework?
Think back to the days when you were a kid and you’ll certainly remember pulling the same stuff on your parents! It’s not very likely that your son or daughter got their homework done in school, or that their teacher didn’t give any. But who wants to sit and study when there are games to play or cartoons to watch! However, homework must be done and it is an important part of the education process.
Most teachers assign homework almost everyday. Class time seldom is sufficient for kids to master challenging subjects, so after school study and practice is essential. A little help from a parent can go a long way towards making homework time more productive. Try these suggestions and see what a big difference they can make.
1. PUT A HIGH PRIORITY ON HOMEWORK AND STUDY TIME, SHOW YOUR CHILDREN THAT YOU VALUE LEARNING.
Do you set a regular time everyday for homework?
Does your child have the papers, books, pencils and other things needed to do assignments?
Does your child have a fairly quiet place to study with lots of light?
Do you set a good example by reading and writing yourself?
Do you stay in touch with your child’s teachers?
2. Monitor Assignments.
Do you know what your child’s homework assignments are? (always check the assignment pad) How long they should take?
How might the teacher want you involved?
Do you see that assignments are started and completed?
Is TV viewing cutting into your child’s homework time?
3. Provide guidance.
Do you understand and respect your child’s style of learning? Do they work better alone or with someone else?
Do they learn best when they can see things, hear them or handle them?
Do you help your child to get organized?
Does your child need a calendar or assignment book? A bag for books and a folder for papers?
Do you encourage your child to develop good study habits (e.g., scheduling enough time for big assignments; making up practice tests)?
Do you talk with your child about homework assignments? Do they understand them?
4. Talk with someone at school when problems come up.
Do you meet the teacher early in the year, before any problems arise?
If a problem comes up, do you meet with the teacher?
Do you cooperate with the teacher and your child to work out a plan and schedule to fix homework problems?
Do you follow up with the teacher and with your child to make sure the plan is working?
When you involve yourself in your child’s homework, you’re saying “I care – I care about your self discipline, I care about your success and I care about you.”
That’s a message every child needs to hear everyday!