6 Homework Tips
Please keep in mind that every child is unique and has his/her own needs. The following suggestions are meant as guidelines, not absolute rules. Parents may need to experiment to find a routine that is productive and keeps the peace at home.
- Allow for some down time (maybe 30 minutes) and a small snack after school. Your child may need to unwind and re-energize before tackling homework.
- Choose one specific workplace, whether it is at a desk in a bedroom or on your dining room table, as well as a specific place to keep supplies, papers to be signed or checked, memos from school, etc.
- Start with a more difficult assignment while your child is still fresh because it will take the most concentration to complete.
- If your child is extremely reluctant, you may want to allow him/her to start with a shorter or less challenging assignment, so he/she can gain confidence and momentum.
- Homework should be monitored by parents, although your child should be encouraged to work on his/her own. You may want to check that directions are clearly understood, that your child is on task, and has finished assignments neatly and completely.
- If your child has put forth his/her best effort, but is having great difficulty even after working with you, stop and write the teacher a note to ask for extra help. Hours of frustration aren't beneficial to anyone. Don't lose sleep over a single assignment.