Homework Hints for Parents

Does your child sing the homework blues?

Here is a list of suggestions to help you make homework time less stressful and more productive.

  • Create a homework kit. Decorate a box and fill it with necessary supplies, such as pencils, erasers, rulers, a dictionary, counting beads, paper, glue, scissors, etc.
  • Create a homework zone. With your child, identify a comfortable and well-lit place in your home to do homework. Decorate the area with your child’s work or with an incentive chart.
  • Create a daily schedule for homework. Encourage your child to do homework at the same time every day. Develop a routine, turn off the television and eliminate other distractions during this time.
  • Do “adult” homework. While your child is doing homework, perform tasks such as making dinner or opening the mail, to help your child realize that adults have homework, too.
  • Be a positive role model. Your attitude about the work affects how your child sees it, so make homework fun, not a chore.
  • Help your child develop organizational skills. Work with your child to create a plan for completing assignments. Help your child organize his or her backpack and place it by the door for the next morning.
  • Watch for frustration. Let your child take a break or move on to other assignments if one is causing frustration. Return later to work on the frustrating assignments together.
  • Remember it is your child’s homework. Be supportive, but let your child do the work. Simply providing the answers prevents your child from learning the material.
  • Talk with your child’s teacher. Make sure you understand the approach your child’s teacher takes toward homework. Discuss your child’s progress and address any concerns.
  • Encourage and reward. Praise and reward your child’s progress. Have your child place a star on the family calendar every time he or she completes all assignments. When your child collects 10 stars, recognize it with a reward, such as making his or her favorite dinner or taking a trip to the park.
  • Celebrate a homework-free day. Saturdays are ideal for taking a break from homework to do a special family activity. Go for a hike, bake cookies or watch a favorite movie together.
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