Homework Scheduling and Reinforcement

Homework Schedule

Just as children need structure for sleep, children need a schedule for homework time. The children might need provisions to prevent the children from negotiating away the homework time. How many parents learn a daughter or son failed to complete homework after stating he or she did not have homework?

Problem

Children come home from school and need a time to be decompress from the day, but do need to get to homework.  Plus they need a place to do the homework in a location that provides access to parental help. With a home schedule the needs of the children and the parents can work together.

Schedule

Children relax with a snack when they get home. It can be a healthy snack such as fruit or vegetables. When finished with the snack, it becomes homework time. This needs to be a time for homework or maybe an alternate activity such as reading or puzzles. No matter the homework load, this time requires a quiet activity. This prevents the student from saying he or she does not have homework so he can do other things. If he has to do homework reading or puzzles he or she might not be rewarded by deception.

What is not allowed at this time is game played on game systems or computer or other desirable activity. It helps to have a homework area within the dining or living room. The location provides the means for the parents to supervise the activity, offer assistance and maybe finish other tasks such as preparing dinner for the family. Children may want to work on homework in their bedroom on their personal computers, but this places them at risk from Internet use that would place them at risk or distractions.

Once the set time period passes the students must show the homework as complete.  If the homework is not completed the students take a break for a while but return to finish the work later in the evening such as after dinner.  As the years go by and student proves responsibility, a reward system replaces the firm schedule.

Reward System

As the child ages, he or she shows success in school.  If he or she earns good grades, the child can earn the right for more alone time while doing homework as long as the student proves completion of homework. Student receives more and more trust over time. By the time the child graduates from high school he or she achieves personal work habits that will help him or her through post-secondary education.

Students needs structure at first, but need to learn to rely on themselves.  With a schedule tied to a reward system, the student learns to keep the proper perspective.