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As hectic as our lives
are, as responsible parents we must find the time to
make sure our children are living up to their
responsibilities at school. That means
homework must be done.
Just as you
prepare for a successful
meeting at work, your child's
homework is preparation for a successful day in
class. The flow of information from class work to
homework may be reinforcement of material covered during
class, or introduction for familiarization of material to
be covered the following day. When your child is
allowed to neglect that continuation of information it's
equivalent to having 5 pages missing out of a proposal for
one of your clients at work. The flow of information
State Education Association provides some
wonderful tips for parents.
It is essential
to show your child that you believe homework is important.
One key to imparting that belief is maintaining "a
Children are more likely to complete
assignments successfully when parents monitor
homework. How closely you need to monitor depends upon
the age of your child, how independent he or she is,
and how well he or she does in school. Whatever the
age of your child, if assignments are not getting done
satisfactorily, more supervision is needed. Here are
some good ways to monitor assignments:
Ask about the school's homework policy.
start of the school year, ask the teacher:
What kinds of assignments will be
How long are children expected to
take to complete them?
How does the teacher want you to be
Be available. Elementary school students often like to
have someone in the same room when working on assignments
in case they have questions. If your child will be cared
for by someone else, talk to that person about what you
expect regarding homework. For an older child, if no one
will be around, let the child know you want him to begin
work before you get home and call to remind him if
Look over completed assignments. It's usually a
good idea to check to see that your elementary school
child has finished her assignments. If your junior high
school student is having trouble finishing assignments,
check his too. If you're not there when an assignment is
finished, look it over when you get home. After the
teacher returns completed homework, read the comments to
see if your child has done the assignments satisfactorily.
Monitor television viewing. American children on
average spend far more time watching television than they
do completing homework. In many homes, more homework gets
done when television time is limited. Once you and your
child have worked out a homework schedule, take time to
discuss how much television and what programs she can
watch. It's worth noting that television can be a learning
tool. Look for programs that relate to what your child is
studying in school, such as programs on history or science
or dramatizations of children's literature. When you can,
watch shows with your child, discuss them, and encourage
follow-up activities such as reading or a trip to the
Helping your child with homework is an opportunity to
improve your child's chances of doing well in school and
life. Parents are in a unique position to help their child
make connections between school work and the "real world,"
and thereby bring meaning and some fun to that child's
homework experience. What's most important is that you, as
a parent, are willing to take the time and make the effort
to be involved in your child's education.
Involved with Homework:
Easy Solutions to a 30 Minute Nightmare
There are few things more trying in life
than completing a 30 minute homework assignment when your
child has decided it's going to take at least 3 hours to
complete the work. Distractions are abundant, and
patience levels, after a long day at work or being a
homemaker, are at a minimum.
When your child drags the assignment out, rather than lose
your patience, try talking to your child about what
his difficulties with completing the work in a timely
fashion may be. Then pull up a chair, sit down, and
pull out a sheet of paper with your child and get down to
business. The fact that you're taking time out of
your busy schedule to do homework with your child sends a
strong message. It let's your child know and see
that this responsibility is important. The benefits
of completing the work are important, and the results of
the time spent will be rewarding.
Another positive result of taking the time to sit down
with your child during homework time is that their
academic success becomes a joint effort. Your child
will perceive a good grade on a test not only as a source
of pride for his accomplishment, but as a reward for you
as well for your investment in his success. Believe
it or not, that's a huge stimulus for academic
Finally, and as unbelievable as it sounds, even though the
homework atmosphere may be rigid and tense, some children
drag the process out to the eleventh hour for one simple
reason. It may be as simple as a child enduring all
the negatives for the positive experience of spending time
with a parent. When all iss said and down, the 30
minute break from your hectic evening will translate
into the elimination of hours and hours of struggles,
anxiety, and stress
Making Homework Fun
Make homework the first priority after school.
Your child may beg and plead for 30 minutes of play,
or a favorite cartoon show,...but stick to your
guns. Your entire household will be happier
once the homework is completed.
Ask for a syllabus from your child's teacher.
It's much easier to monitor your child's completion
of assignments when your know what the assignments
Try Classical Music. It really does work like
a charm and easily creates an environment where
concentration can be maximized.
Create a competition between you, (yes you) and your
child to see who can finish the assignment first.
Believe it or not, this creates a lot of laughs for
both you and your child. The competition
aspect encourages your child to focus and work
quickly which will ultimately help increase
confidence and improve classroom performance.
Try not to exile your child until homework is
completed. Although children must learn that
it is their responsibility to complete their
assignments, sometimes they do need our help.
Ask them to try the assignment on their own first.
If they are still having difficulties then you can
offer your help. For good study habits to be
formed, learning needs to be a pleasant experience.
Add incentives to getting the work completed in a
timely fashion. A game of catch, a scoop of
ice cream, or your reading a long story at bed time
might do the trick.
Search the web for tips from the experts.
We've provided a few links to get you started.
(excerpt) The National Parent-Teacher
Association and the National Education Association
recommend the following amounts of homework:
Kindergarten to 3rd grade: Up to 20
minutes each day.
4th - 6th grade: 20 to 40 minutes
7th - 12th grade: Generally up to 2
hours, but recommendations vary according to the type
and number of subjects a student is taking.
Share any concerns you may have
regarding the amount or type homework assigned with your
child's teacher or principal.
Encourage your child to take notes
concerning homework assignments in case questions arise
later at home.
Provide a suitable study area and the
necessary tools (for example, paper and books) to
complete the homework assignments.
Limit after-school activities to
allow time for both homework and family activities.
Monitor television viewing and
establish a specific homework time.
Plan a homework schedule with your
child. Allow for free time when assignments are
Praise your child's efforts. If
questions arise about the assignments, and your child
asks for help, ask him or her questions or work through
an example rather than simply providing the answer.
Younger children need more parental
assistance with homework than older children. Go over
homework assignments with your child. Do several
problems or questions together, then observe your child
doing the next one or two.
If your child is in elementary
school, check completed assignments. At all levels, ask
to look at homework once it has been marked and
Ask your child's teachers about their
homework policy and specific assignments.
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You’ll find it easier
to support your child’s math instruction at home if you have
the right tools. Here’s a list of math concepts and
low-budget items to keep on hand to encourage your child’s
Sorting, counting and estimating:
Buttons, bottle caps, beans, macaroni, etc.
Decimals, fractions: Play
money, coins and bills; measuring cups and spoons.
Time measurement: Clocks with
movable hands (to measure minutes and hours, teach "early"
and "late"), a stopwatch and calendars.
Number values and computation:
Playing cards, dominoes and dice (also good for teaching
probability), menus, egg cartons into which you can sort
buttons, bottle caps, etc.
Linear measurement: Rulers,
tape measures, string, yarn.
Standard and metric measurement:
Funnels and calibrated pitchers, jars, cups and spoons.
Weight: Bathroom scale, postage
scale, wire hangers (for balancing weights).
compass, pattern blocks and graph paper.
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