Homework Do’s and Don’ts
Educators have long used homework as a tool to reinforce what students are learning in class. However, more than ever parents are being vocal about the amount of homework their children have each night as well as the benefits of homework. If you child’s teacher is assigning homework, there are a few things you can do to ease the stress.
- Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework, but keep in mind a desk is not always the best spot for homework. Consider alternate seating options such as a yoga ball or laying on their stomach to complete assignments.
- Make sure all the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils, eraser, white-out and markers are available and accessible.
- Help your child with time management. Think about your child’s individual needs when setting a homework time. Do they need to shoot the basketball for a few minutes after school? Do they need a snack?
- When your child asks for help provide guidance, but not the answers. Help them come up with creative ways to answer the questions.
- Get up and move breaks are okay and necessary!
- Have your child figure out what is “hard” homework and what is “easy” homework. Have your child do the hard work first so he will be most alert when facing the bigger challenges. Easy material can go fast when he gets tired.
- Tell your child’s teacher if the work is too difficult or an excessive amount of time is being spent on homework.
- Remember, homework is your child’s responsibility! Resist the temptation of always sitting next to your child and helping with each problem. Leave the room and let them attempt to do it on their own even if they make a mistake.
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