Homework is given each night to practice the skills we are learning in the classroom. Children are expected to complete the homework by the due date (which is usually the next day). Homework is to be turned in by 9:15 am, or they must place their magnet in the Homework frame and the assignment will be documented on their tag.
1. Set Up a Study Area
* To do homework successfully, your child must have a place in which to work. The study area must be well-lit quiet, and have all necessary supplies.
* Help your child choose a location at home in which homework will be done.
* Even if your child does most homework at another location after school, there still should be a place in the home in which he or she can study.
* Remember that your child does not need a lot of space to do homework. Either the kitchen table or a corner of the living room is fine, as long as it is quiet during homework time.
* Whenever possible, keep the study area off limits to brothers and sisters during homework time.
* PRAISE YOUR CHILD WHEN HE OR SHE DOES HOMEWORK IN THE STUDY AREA.
2. Create a Homework Survival Kit.
* One of the keys to getting homework done is having the supplies needed in one place.
* A homework survival kit (contains all the supplies needed to do homework) will prevent your child from being distracted by the need to go searching for supplies, and will free you from last minute trips to the store for folders, paper, tape, and other needed items.
* If your child does homework at a location other than home (such as the library or an after school care program) make sure that his or her homework supplies are available there.
* Respect your child's Homework Survival Kit. Don't use these supplies for other family needs.
* Give Homework Survival Kit materials as gifts. A dictionary, for example, is a special present that a child will use over and over again.
These are the supplies needed for a Homework Survival Kit:
* pencils, * writing paper, * crayons, markers, ruler, sharpener, eraser, glue, tape, scissors, stapler, paper clips, children's dictionary/thesaurus, construction paper
*(These are the most important supplies your child needs. Try to obtain these items as soon as possible. Add additional home learning supplies as you are able to. You don't need to gather all the materials in one day, but don't wait too long. Your child needs these supplies to do his or her best job on homework assignments. Agree with your child that it is his or her responsibility to remind you when any of the homework survival kit materials are getting low and need replacing.)
3. Schedule Daily Homework Time
* Help your child develop good homework habits by encouraging him or her to start home learning at the same time each day. By scheduling a special time for home learning, you will not only help your child get work done on time, but you will also ensure that home learning is done at a time when your available to assist your child.
* Remind your child each day when he or she is to do homework.
* Select a time when you or another responsible adult will be available to assist your child.
* Try to schedule same homework time for all of your children. (This will make it more convenient for you to be available).
* PRAISE YOUR CHILD EACH TIME HOMEWORK IS DONE APPROPRIATELY.
4. Encourage Your Child to Work Independently
* Homework teaches children responsibility. Through homework, children learn skills they must develop if they are to grow to be independent, motivated, and successful adults. How to follow directions, how to begin and complete a task, and how to manage time.
* By encouraging your child to work on his or her own, you are helping develop these important life skills.
* PRAISE YOUR CHILD WHEN HE OR SHE DOES HOME WORK INDEPENDENTLY.
5. Motivate Your Child with Praise.
* Children need encouragement and support from the people whose opinions they value the most, their parents.
* Your consistent praise can increase your child's self esteem and confidence.
* Motivate him or her to do the best work possible.