Homework is practice and/or review of what we learned in class. It shouldn’t be a frustrating experience for students.
Consistent place to work At a table or spot where it is easy to write Use a clipboard if your child is tired of sitting. Your child can lay on his or her stomach or stand to work. Away from noise or distractions Create a Homework Box to keep in your homework spot: pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue, note cards (flashcards)
Consistent time. After-school activities are time consuming; however, please help your child get into the routine of completing homework. May be helpful to provide a break between school and homework. Take a short break during homework if needed. K-2 Homework should only take 20 minutes. Set a timer if that will help your child stay on task during homework.
Designate who will help your child if he or she needs help during homework time. Parents can provide guidance for homework, but the child should complete the work. Remind your child to check back over his or her work (parents may want to do this in the younger grades).
Read with your child each night. After you or your child read a book, ask some of these questions. Fiction Questions: Who are the characters? What were they like? Where or when did this story happen? What were the most important things that happened in the story? Was there a problem? What was the solution? What do you think the characters learned in the story? What does this story teach us? What does this story make you think about? Nonfiction Questions: What is the book mostly about? What do you remember about the topic? What are the most important things to remember about the topic? What else do you know about the topic? What does this book remind you of?
Remind your child to write his or her name on all homework. Homework should be neat and completed to the best of the student’s ability. Provide a snack before homework if your child needs one. Provide a water bottle for your child to have during homework. Consistency and structure may prevent some of the homework excuses (ex. “It’s too easy or too hard!”).