Homework is given to children to complete in a certain time-frame, which is set for most days. The amount of assigned homework can vary from day to day, which must be completed and returned on time. It is important that it is completed in a timely manner to allow for concentration to ensure that the homework is accomplished to its best. The idea of homework for some children can be met with disdain, as once school is out they want to be having fun. Getting children to do homework can be a battle; however, implementing a homework schedule can motivate children and keep them on track.
Here is a guide on how to help your child create a homework schedule:
• The importance of a homework schedule
Initiating a homework schedule can prevent any fuss, as your child will come to adjust to being on a schedule. Having a schedule set in place is a good way to ensure that your child is doing homework when expected. It also negates the need to remind and ask your child to do her homework, which can make her more reluctant to want to do her homework. Having a clear schedule set in place for the evening that incorporates time for homework is essential. Children cooperate more when they are in a set routine, as they know what is expected of them.
• Evening routine
After being at school all day, work is the last thing children want to do when they get home. It is essential that a child doesn’t feel bogged down with work, as otherwise the standard will start to slip. If your child comes to have negative feelings towards school work, she will put less effort in. Homework can become a drag, which can leave her rushing through to get it done. However, it is important that your child is learning and concentrating, to be able to achieve her best. The evening routine needs to be consistent, with a mix of different activities to allow for fun and work. A good balance is the key to success.
• Setting a homework schedule
Sit down together to draw up a homework schedule. This allows for both to be happy with the arrangement. An appropriate and realistic amount of time needs to be set aside for homework. After school allow time for your child to rest and recharge with a healthy snack and a drink. Shortly after, the homework can be done, as this leaves the remainder of the evening for fun. Ensure that the schedule shows other activities to follow that are appealing, as this will encourage your child to do her homework. A clear schedule that allows time to incorporate all of the evening’s activities will keep her on track so that the homework is completed.
• Acknowledge and reward
It is important to acknowledge and praise your child’s efforts. Giving recognition is encouraging for her, as it boosts her self-esteem. Giving praise for doing a good job with homework is essential, as she will continue to keep up the good work to impress. Children thrive on attention, and positive attention is always welcome. Giving your child a feel good factor, and showing pride in her homework will go a long way. An appropriate reward can be awarded at the end of each working week. The reward doesn’t need to have any significant monetary value. Maybe a fun activity or a family event can be enjoyed, which will give her something to look forward to.
Homework is an essential part of the learning process, as it gives children the opportunity to complete work independently at home that they are generally learning about at school. This helps to expand their knowledge, and reinforces ideas they may have already been introduced to in the classroom. Homework allows for more concentration on the subject, as often there are fewer distractions. Homework allows teachers to assess their pupils’ development, and from this they can guide their pupils and concentrate on areas that need extra work. Having a homework schedule is a good way to ensure that homework is completed on time.