Homework is a fact of life for students, but it is not always easy to get them to complete this essential task. Here are three important things parents should know about homework that can help make homework time a more positive and productive experience.
1. Help Your Child Understand the Purpose of Homework
It is hard to buy into something when one does not see the value in it. Helping children see homework as beneficial exercise rather than a pointless chore can make a big difference.
- Helps reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom.
- Provides additional practice by giving students the opportunity to apply newly-acquired skills to new situations.
- Builds the foundation for the future by helping to establish habits and practices that prepare students for an increasing workload as they progress through school.
2. Know Your Roles in the Process
It is important that both you and your child understand that homework is ultimately his or her responsibility. In other words, homework is not your job, it is your child’s. Your job is to is to act as a coach/facilitator who empowers your child to take ownership in the homework process.
Ways to do this include:
- Setting expectations by assisting in the establishment of a homework routine, creating a designated space in which homework is completed, and maintaining the materials needed to complet the work.
- Helping your child develop organization and time management skills.
- Providing guidance when things might not be clear.
3. Motivation is the Key
While it is not your job to do the work, it is your job to support, encourage and motivate your child. Here are some ways to do that.
- Set a good example and be available to address questions or concerns.
- Monitor your child’s progress and reward his or her efforts.
- Give your child the freedom to make his or her own choices and the responsibility to deal with consequences.
When parents take an active interest in their children’s homework, they show them that what they do is important, leading to success in not only homework but in their overall educational career as well.