Ask Teacher: How do I avoid the struggle over homework

Help! Homework!

I believe in homework. I know crazy ha? I believe in homework if it is reinforcing a skill not teaching a new one. I believe that children need to practice skills before they become automatic. I also believe that discipline is a good thing. I know that homework should involve the parent. Why? Well, I think it is important for parents to be involved in their children’s learning. Do I think you need to be present for the whole assignment of course not. I do think you need to review the assignments with your children and do the first one. Then I think you need to check on your child to make sure they are on the right track.

Here are some suggestions to make homework easier: allow your child to have 30 minutes of “chill time” prior to starting homework, allow for 15 minute breaks every 30 minutes, figure out your child’s learning style and make a location that fits that learning style. The last one is very important. I learn best with noise. I mean I have the TV on while I study. I always have. I was/am a super student but I am a bit ADD so the noise in the background helps to keep me focused. I also suggest that music is on it has always been helpful when completing math and writing assignments. If you can create a pleasant environment through a conductive location, support, and breaks. ┬áThe battle over homework may diminish. The other thing I have learned is do not fight with your kids over homework. If they choose not to complete their homework then let them face the consequences. In our house that means no games with mommy and daddy. In your house it may mean no TV, Telephone, friends over. I do know if I did not keep all A’s and B’s then my privileges were limited.

I know that homework is stressful on everyone it doesn’t have to be. If your child takes a long time to do their homework plan meals that require little effort on your part. We all had to do it. We all do it now. Lets teach our children how to be productive, positive, and effective.


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  1. says

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for this post. My oldest son had a.d.d. and is really struggling with getting through his homework…he just can’t seem to keep his mind on it. I am going to try these tips on Monday when school starts back!! Thanks so much!

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