Do I have to do my Homework?
This is the common question that I here from children. I even remember hating homework. Although it is not normally fun, it is very important for a child’s brain! It actually helps improve a child’s thinking and memory. The more a child “practices” what he is learning at school, the more permanent his learning will be. Homework is like brain exercise where thinking is being trained and “worked-out.”
According to http://blog.eskool.ca/parenting/why-homework-is-important/ there are many important reasons why Homework is valuable:
- It helps develop positive study skills and habits are developed.
- It encourages good time management.
- It teaches children to work independently.
- Homework allows a child to take responsibility for his or her own work.
- It allows children to review and practice what has been covered in class.
- It helps your child to prepare their mind for the next day’s class.
- Homework helps a child learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials, and computer Web sites to find information.
- It encourages a child to explore subjects more fully than classroom time permits.
- It allows children to extend learning by applying skills to new situations.
- Howework helps parents learn more about what their child is learning in school.
So now, you are prepared with the proper answers to the question “Why do I have to do my homework?”
How much is too much homework?
“According to the National PTA and the National Education Association (NEA), the following amounts of homework are recommended:
- From kindergarten to third grade, no more than 20 minutes per day.
- From fourth to sixth grade, 20 to 40 minutes per day.
- From seventh to twelfth grade, the recommended amount of time varies according to the type and number of subjects a student is taking. In general, college-bound students receive lengthier and more involved homework than students preparing to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.” (www.kidsource.com)
How can I encourage my child actually DO his homework?
- Agree on and establish a special “homework time.” For example, right when your child gets home from school, or right after dinner time.
- Monitor and limit t.v, computer and video games. Allow him to play only after his homework is complete.
- Together, choose the best location for doing homework: a desk in his room, the kitchen table, etc… (on the couch in front of the t.v is not the best place)
- Give him a mini-reward when he is finished with his homework. For example, more video game time or an ice-cream treat!
- Be available to assist him, so that when he becomes frustrated he does not just give up.
- Enlist an older sibling or family member to help –or- hire a homework tutor!
- Allow your child to shop for some writing tools that are used only for homework, like colorful pencils, mechanical pencils. Then buy a special supply box to put them in.
All in all, having a child do his homework, teaches us as parents a great deal of responsibility as well. Together, we can tackle it!
- Top 10 Ways Parents Can Help with Homework (12kaky.com)
- Back To School: Helping Your Kids With Their Homework (detroit.cbslocal.com)
- The battle over homework (oup.com)
- Homework – hate it or love it, but do it! (ssppreads.wordpress.com)
- Homework Station for Home (msspohnsclass.wordpress.com)