“If you expect your child to be well-educated, you have the responsibility of making sure your child gets educated, starting at home, with some basic fundamentals.” President George W. Bush
Set a regular homework time that works for your family. Create a schedule together as a family but be flexible! Things may come up that may change your schedule, such as football practice or dance lessons. Find what works best for everyone in your family.
Pick a place for your child to do homework. It should be well – lit and fairly quiet. This could be at the dining room or kitchen table or at a desk in a bedroom. The choice is yours.
Remove distractions such as the tv, radio, game devices, etc. Children need a place where they can concentrate.
Provide frequent breaks. Your child has been working hard all day long. They need to take breaks to help keep them focused. A good rule of thumb is to take their age and add two. That is the number of minutes they should work before taking a short break. A good break should involve some sort of physical activity. There are some great apps to use to help get everyone in the house moving.
Have supplies ready for your child. Don’t go searching for a pencil, pen, scissors, or paper. Have all the supplies that you need available. These could be kept in a special drawer or a “homework box”. Throw in some index cards and markers as well to make flashcards to help them study. Don’t forget tape for when papers accidentally rip.
Don’t become frustrated. As your child goes through their educational career, the work gets harder and harder. This is also true for parents. Our children are learning things we never learned about or are learning them at an earlier age. If you don’t know how to do something, be truthful. Ask them to share what they are doing and they may teach you something. That is the best way to know if a child really understands what they are learning. If they don’t know, ask the teacher for help or look on homework help websites (See the Student Center for helpful sites).
The following link is a resource for these and other strategies to help your child be successful learners. Strategies for Student Learning