A Helping Hand with Homework
Homework provides opportunities to reinforce work learned during school time and for children to develop skills needed for their learning. It is also a way for us as parents to see what our child is learning at school. It allows your children the chance to teach you, for them to be the expert. It could be that you learn something new and interesting, so do keep an open mind.
Whether we agree with homework or not, Schools are sending work home with our children to support and reinforce the learning taking place in the classroom. This ranges from reading books, spellings, maths work and perhaps depending on their age a project to work on. We are our child’s role model here and how we view homework they will too, think carefully before you articulate your thoughts on this subject in front of your offspring.
How can we set our children up for success with their homework? Here are a few practicalities that may help:
- Provide a quiet environment
- Have a regular weekly homework routine which may involve limiting screen time
- Praise effort as well as achievement
- Provide the equipment they will need to complete the homework
- Monitor their homework and support where needed (this is very much age-related)
- Allow your child to face the consequences should they decide not to do their homework
- A great way to entice more information out of our kid(s) about their day at school is to ask open ended questions that mean they have to think of an answer other than ‘no, yes or I don’t remember’. Showing an interest in what they are learning and what homework they have shows you care. Here are a few for you to try:
- What was something you learned today?
- What could you teach me about what you learned today?
- What was something that went well for you at school today?
- What was something that perhaps you need more help with?
- What homework do you have that I can help you with?
- Remember the homework is your child’s; encourage them to complete it to the best of their ability to show what they can do. Don’t push your child so that homework becomes a battle, write a note to the teacher and let them discuss it with your son or daughter.
- Limit screen time until school work has been completed. Perhaps look at a when/then situation, when you have done your homework then you can watch xxx amount of xxx or it might be that you have no screens or gadgets on weekdays rule in your home.
- Find out from the school what the expected time is for your child(ren) relative to their age for them to spend on homework and what to do if the work set is taking them more time. What would the teacher like you to do if your child finds the work too easy or too hard? What can you do if your child nor you understand the work set?
- Homework can be an enriching part of your child’s educational journey, if it is not working out this way then I encourage you to go in and see your son or daughter’s class teacher to discuss further.
Happy homeworking to you all!
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Written by Anisa Lewis – Coach and Director of Parenting Success Yorkshire