Yikes Homework!

With the school year underway, you’ve probably heard the dreaded word “homework.”  Homework doesn’t have to be drudgery.  Here are some tips to make homework more manageable.

  • Children should have a designated place to do their homework.  Parents can help their kids set up a homework-friendly area.”  Make sure it is well-lit and keep needed supplies such as paper, pencils, glue, and scissors within reach.   A good dictionary and thesaurus should also be handy.
  • Set a designated time for homework to be done.  This should be a time after kids have had a chance to unwind and have a snack.  For some families, after dinner is a good time so that mom and dad can help with a tricky problem or answer questions their child may have.  However, make sure the kids are doing the learning, don’t do their homework for them.
  • Try to make sure there are no distractions like loud music or TV.
  • Be involved in your child’s homework.  Correct completed work, give praise and encouragement, and help your child with study and organizational skills.

These are just a few tips on how to make homework a time of learning and engaging.  Remember to stay in touch with your child’s teacher.  They are there to help.  Now get cracking on those books! 🙂