Homework reinforces classroom learning, offers the potential to build good study habits and discipline. Homework also benefits concentration and memory skills. While homework is a child’s responsibility, parents do have a role: that of monitoring, supporting, answering questions and ensuring that it is completed.
While homework is important to your student’s academic success, we all know that it can be a source of stress for the entire family.
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A parent should see of themselves as the homework coach. A coach has two main functions: organize and advise, with the objective of improving performance.
Yet many parents dedicate several hours a day to helping their kids with homework and often doing more than they should.
And when parents try to stop taking charge with their child’s homework, they realize that their child feels lost without them, they struggle to work independently, so many parents continue to take charge each night.
This creates tension between parents and children. Moreover, children lose confidence in themselves.
1. Set up a study area, it is best if it is the child’s own study area with a desk. Choose a quiet place in the house, without distractions, no TV.
2. Respect the teacher’s decision on homework load. We are preparing our children for life, and in life, there will be a lot of work and effort. Discuss with the teacher if you see that homework is beyond the capability of your child.
3. Ensure that your student has corrected their homework in class and has learned from their mistakes.
4. Homework is an opportunity to learn to work in an autonomous manner. Have your student attempt helping themselves first before asking for help.
5. Convert homework time into a time of peace and tranquility. If the student has difficulty, the student can and should consult with his or her teachers the next day. It is very harmful to create anxiety in a home around things related to school.
6. Be present and be available if your child needs help.
7. Don’t impose absolute control. A parent should step in as needed and your child should know that you believe in them.
8. Promote communication and collaboration with teachers. Consult them if you or your child needs any supplemental help.
9. Extracurricular activities are necessary but do not need to be obsessive. It is better to adapt the activities to the personality and interests of the child.
10. There is a time for everything. Homework should be done at the same time, in the same place, and always with the phone turned off. Set a consistent start and finish time, with a minimum and maximum study period.
11. Organize homework time in 40 minutes increments to ensure they can focus. (half the time depending on the child’s age). Give them small breaks for 5-10 minutes between different activities.
12. Children reach their maximum performance after 30 minutes and then at an hour and a half, performance decreases; warm up with an easy task, complete more difficult homework after 30 minutes and complete remaining easy tasks at the end.