10 Ideas For Helping Your Child With Homework
1. Set a specific time and place in which homework will be done on a consistent basis.
2. Help your child set a realistic homework goal that is appropriate for their level.
Examples: A) I will complete my homework every day for one week.
B) I will finish my homework in less than 15 minutes.
C) I will read out loud to my parents each night.
3. Set up a motivational reward system at home that will help your child reach their goal.
Examples: A) Go on a date night with a parent.
B) Choose a prize from the treasure box.
C) Special privileges or time with friends.
4. Be consistent and firm with goals, rewards, and consequences.
5. Don't get frustrated!! Give your child choices that meet your needs as well as theirs:
Example: "You can choose to finish your homework now and earn that reward we talked
about or you can choose to finish it during recess tomorrow. You
choose." This allows the child to own the problem.
6. Use a timer and encourage your child to see if they can get 5 problems done in 5 minutes.
Repeat until finished.
7. PLEASE insist that your child try to do their homework independently first! Provide them with
the support that they need, but don't overdo it. Working independently at home will help them work independently during class time and especially during tests. Remember, this is their homework. When they have finished, please check for accuracy and neatness, then reteach where necessary.
8. If your child has spent 15 minutes doing their homework and they have put forth their best
effort, you may give them the option of stopping there and finishing before school or during
recess. If you will email me a quick note explaining this, I will give them credit for 100%
homework. However, they will still be held accountable for the work and will need to find a
way to finish it.
9. If you are not able to help your child with a particular concept, please email me.
Be sure to let me know so I can help them!
10. Focus on the positive with your child. Encourage them by praising their progress regularly.
Thanks for having a desire to help your child succeed. I appreciate the support you give from home.