Homework is one of those necessary evils. It reinforces the work done in class as well as alerting the teacher to concepts that are not fully understood. Homework teaches children independence and self-discipline, but it can be a source of conflict and many tears if your child has a learning problem. Children with learning disabilities or ADHD must receive the necessary attention and be provided with a structured school and home life.
Some tips to reduce tension at homework time
- Have a designated workspace and time.
- Decide on a suitable time for homework. Always allow your child to unwind, have a rest and a snack after school.
- Younger children should try to complete homework in the afternoon; teenagers can continue well into the evening.
- Encourage your child to work at a table. This promotes correct posture and helps your child to keep his work neat.
- Keep the workspace uncluttered.
- Make sure there is adequate lighting and ventilation.
- Make sure all supplies are available before your child begins – calculator, books, pens, etc.
- Turn off the TV and don’t allow telephone calls.
- Encourage the use of a homework diary and record as much detail as possible in the diary.
- Dates for projects, tests and exams are given well in advance – help your child to plan the workload.
- Allow breaks between tasks to enable your child to refresh. Watching TV should not be considered as taking a break.
- Do not compromise quality of work for quantity.
- Give lots of praise. Always notice the smallest effort.
- Show an interest in tasks.
If homework continues to be problematic it may be a sign of your child struggling to learn.
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