The Times West Virginian

Family Times

November 26, 2012

Set schedule for children to do homework

Research shows that when parents become involved in their children’s schoolwork, the children do better in school.

One way parents can get involved is by helping their child with homework. It will benefit both the child’s school work and self-esteem.

One important aspect of helping a child with homework is to find out if the homework is appropriate. If the child is reading or doing mathematics below grade level, the homework should reflect this fact.

Here are some tips to help with homework:

• Keep in touch with the teacher or teachers to be fully aware of the quantity and the quality of the homework turned in.

• Set a schedule, including both a beginning and an ending time. Most kids need some time to unwind after school before they tackle their homework. Doing it too close to bedtime may make it difficult due to fatigue.

Fridays are usually the best day for homework that must be completed over the weekend. Assignments are still fresh in mind and last-minute panic rushes are avoided.

• Encourage children to divide the homework assignment into “What I can do myself” and “What I need help with.” Parents should help only with that part of the homework their child cannot do independently, such as using flashcards, practicing spelling tests and clarifying assignments. This builds responsibility and independence in children.

• Provide a home study center for children with adequate light and few distractions. If the child concentrates better with “white noise” (music), provide that help. Also, a dictionary, paper, pens, etc., should be readily available.

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