10 STEPS TO EASE THE STRESS OF HOMEWORK

One of the top frustrations I hear from parents is about homework.  Quality homework assignments are an excellent extension of what your child is doing in the classroom. It gives you an opportunity to see what your child is learning and should be a review of the curriculum they have been working on in school.  BUT…it is still homework and your child is tired, hungry and doesn’t want to do it, right?  Here are some strategies to help ease the burden of homework:

  1. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.  This should be a “homework only” spot such as a desk in your child’s room.
    Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.
  2. Make sure all the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils, eraser and crayons are available.
    Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.
  3. Help your child with time management.
    Establish a set time each day for doing homework.  Each child is different:  some like to knock it out when they get home and other
    children prefer some down time before hitting the books…see what works best for your child.  For older children, set them up on a time management app to help them keep on track for long range projects and tests.
  4. Be positive about homework.
    Your attitude towards homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
  5. When your child asks for help provide guidance, but not the answers.
    Use strategies such as reading the question aloud or use manipulatives to help solve math problems.  These are great ways to help without giving your child the answers.
  6. Get up and move breaks are okay and sometime necessary.                                                                                                                   Most children can sit and attend to an activity for 20-30 minutes without a break, but if you notice your child is struggling ask them if they need to get up and get some water or stretch their legs.
  7. Help 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 biggest challenges. Easy material can go fast when he gets tired.
  8. Tell your child’s teacher if the work is too difficult.                                                                                                                                    This will give her a chance to be able to go back and review the material.
  9. Check your child’s homework.                                                                                                                                                                              Not so you can correct the answers, but so you can be aware of what they are working on, where they may be struggling and what their
    strengths are.
  10. Ultimately, 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.  They are also responsible for putting the homework back in his/her backpack.

If homework continues to be a battle consider getting a tutor.   Our experienced teachers will take the opportunity to practice and reinforce skills taught in the classroom, teach extension, study skills, test taking techniques, involve parents through weekly feedback, and build confidence toward school and learning.   For more information on our services, please contact us at 804-447-4095.

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