Homework is an important part of the learning process as it helps students to better retain the information that they learned in school.
Parents can get a head-start by helping to establish good homework habits early, when the homework load is relatively light, as habits formed early on will stand them in good stead when the homework load gets more challenging.
The goal is to establish consistent homework habits that teach them to set schedules and manage time so that children can learn to work independently. These 5 homework habits are key to homework success:
1. Schedule a homework time
Educators universally agree that a consistent schedule for homework time is the best route to take for students. Children do well with routines and setting a specific time to complete homework helps eliminate any procrastination and reduces homework anxiety.
2. Minimize distractions
Create a designated space for doing homework that is free of distractions. Other family members can help by respecting your child’s homework space and should avoid distracting them during homework time. Have at hand the necessary tools that are required to do homework, such as textbooks, ruler, pen and pencil, a pencil sharpener, crayons, and paper.
3. Start with a snack
When a child comes home from school, he or she is most likely to be both hungry and thirsty. As most parents will know, children quickly lose focus when either hungry or thirsty. The snack can be as simple as a piece of fruit, a sandwich, or a health bar. Water, juice, or a beverage should also be provided to accompany the snack.
4. Be available
It is important to provide help when needed and to ensure that the work is being done. However, it is equally important not to do the homework for them. Younger children need more assistance than older children, but older children also need encouragement. Knowing that you are available also helps to reduce homework anxiety.
5. Give praise and encouragement
All children want to please their parents. Positive reinforcement in the form of praise and encouragement keeps your child motivated and contributes to a stress-free homework session.
Implementing these 5 steps into your child’s homework routine will make homework time more productive and enjoyable, enhance the learning experience and promote ultimate success.