Does your child get so frustrated about some of his homework that he (and sometimes you) end up in tears?
Do you ever wonder if homework is actually serving a worthwhile purpose?
Do you find that schoolwork has changed so much since you were in school that you can't guide your child through it?
1. The general rule of thumb is that if homework is given, it should be equal in length of working time to the 1st number of the grade your child is in. That is, a first grader should be given no more than 10 minutes of homework time, a second grader, 20, etc.
2. When homework is assigned, it should be to reinforce work already taught in the classroom, not to introduce new topics.
3. Homework should be corrected promptly on the day that it is due, and students should learn where they went wrong and how they can arrive at the right answer.
4. Your child's teacher should provide a portal in which you can follow along with the assignments and their due dates. It should be kept up to date and you should check it daily if you need to make sure that assignments are being done on a timely basis.
5. Together with your child, select a time of day that will work out best for homework. Some students like to get it over with as soon as they get home from school, while others like to wind down a bit, have a snack and some play or relax time. If your agreed upon time does not work out, you will need to revisit the issue.
6. Also, together with your child, select a place where homework will be done. Some students need to be in their own quiet space, while others focus better at the dining room table where they don't feel so isolated. Make sure adequate lighting, comfortable seating, and a plentiful amount of appealing usable resources are on hand.
7. As many teachers now realize, some students actually do work better while listening to music with their ear pods in.
8. Computers are costly, but important. If you need some help procuring an affordable one, speak to your school administrator or guidance counselor about this. They may be able to offer you some suggestions. Your local library will have some available for use.
9. Ask the teacher for a copy of the lessons. Learning the material yourself will help you better help your child.
10. If homework is often a source of friction between you and your child, consider seeking outside help. The right tutor can make a world of difference!