Thursday, August 7, 2014

Back to School Series: HOMEWORK HAVOC

School is in full swing and so are the other things that come along with homework. Homework serves a great purpose, however it can be difficult to transition back into the routine of work after school. Here are some tips to help soften the reality of homework each night. 

  • Allow time after school for a break. After spending 7-8 hours at school your kiddo needs a brain break. This may include a snack, physical activity, or any form of structured free time.
  • Provide a structured schedule where homework is completed at the same time each night. Set expectations. Establish a routine!
  • If necessary, set a visual timer so they know how long they will be spending on the assignment.
  • Look over the content prior to starting to prioritize homework based on level of difficulty. Ask your child where they would like to start.
  • Provide a motivator to finish homework. This can vary. No rewards prior to completion.
  • Stay calm. If your child becomes emotional during the homework process it is your job to stay calm and work through the situation. Do not threaten your child to get it done.
  • Establish a homework area. This should be a low traffic area with minimal distractions.
  • Create a homework bin to organize homework and/or projects so it is all in one place.
  • Show interest in their work!
  • Be realistic.
  • Collaborate with the school to ensure that they have provided the best plan for your child to be successful. Adapt the course load to your child’s needs.
  • Avoid burnout. Yes, their work needs to get done. But, they are still kids!
  • Make a visual calendar where everyone at home can see. This can have all the extracurricular activities as well as test days, events, etc. This will assist everyone on being on the same page. 

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