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Homework Tips!
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
How can I best help my child with homework?
How can I best help my child with homework?
How can I best help my child with homework?

Elementary Homework Tips

Here are some steps you can take to encourage your elementary-age child to take responsibility for his/her own homework assignments.

Remove distractions - Do homework in a quiet place that does not have distractions.  Turn off the TV; don't expect your child to do homework in a room where siblings are playing.

Establish a routine - Set a specific "homework time" such as right after supper.  Require that homework be complete before your child can watch TV, use the phone, play video games, etc.

Prioritize - Encourage your child to work first on those assignments that are due tomorrow.  Then tackle the tasks that are due later.  Help your child plan his studying so that projects are not left until the last minute.  Checking the agenda/homework sheet can be a big help with this.

Read the directions and reading assignments aloud.  The brain will remember the infomation better because it will be processing the information in three ways: through the eyes as it is read, the mouth as it is said, and the ears as the information is heard.

Check understanding - Be sure your child understands new assignments before he or she starts working on them.  This one can save lots of late-evening tears!

Guide, but do not correct - If your child needs help, offer ideas that can help him/ her sort out the problem, but don't give him/ her the answers.

Get organized for tomorrow -  As soon as an assignment is complete, put it in the proper folder.  Remind your child to gather all folders, books, notebooks, etc. and put in the backpack before going to bed.   Even the best homework effort doesn't do much good if it's left on the kitchen table!   

Never Ask This Question!  A big mistake is to ask your child - just when you think about it - if he/she has homework.  This is a spontaneous request, and your question is sure to provoke hostility.  Homework should be a daily routine - done at the same time and in the same place as much as possible.

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