It is important for children to establish good homework habits at the beginning of the school year. What we are looking for is to develop a pattern of doing homework that our children regularly follow until homework becomes automatic. As parents, we want to create children who are responsible and do their homework each night, carefully and on time. We never want to resort to arguments, bribes or threats to get homework done.
A few ideas to help your child become more responsible about homework:
• As a family set a regular time every day for homework
• Your child needs to have papers, books, and pencils, anything needed to complete assignments.
• Decide on a quiet place and time to study with lots of light.
• The entire family reads and writes at this time.
• Find out: -What your child’s homework assignments are? -How long they should take? -How you should be involved?
• You may need to help young children start and complete work at first.
• Read the teacher’s comments on assignments with your child, talk how your child thinks they would do things a bit differently.
• Try to undercover, understand and respect your child’s learning style. Does he learn best when he can see things, hear them, handle them, work alone or with someone else?
• Teach your child organization skills. Make sure your child learns to put homework directly in their backpack as soon as done. Tuck in a love note reminding them to turn in work as soon as they get to school.
• Your child will need guidance to develop good study habits (e.g., scheduling enough time for big assignments; making up practice tests).
• Talk with your child about his homework assignments; does he understand what needs to be done?
Talk with your child’s teacher when problems come up:
• If a problem comes up, a meeting, email, or phone call your child’s teacher right away can clarify a problem quickly.
• Work with teacher and your child to work out a plan and schedule to fix homework problems, you are teaching children that they have control over their learning.
• Follow up with the teacher and your child to make sure the plan is working. This is the time to teach that we sometimes need to tweak even our best plans.
Over time with consistent support from you, slowly you little one will be more responsible about getting their work done independently.
Let your child know you think their education is important by keeping their homework a priority. If your children know you care, they have another good reason to complete assignments and turn them in on time.