Homework can be an important part of your child’s education. It can help them to develop additional skills such as independent learning and research skills. However, many children find organising their time to complete homework difficult and stressful. It is important that your child gets support from you in devising a homework schedule so that they can complete the set work on time and so that they have the appropriate amount of time to complete the work. Here is how you can help your child to devise a homework timetable.
On your child’s return to school, they will probably be informed of which days they will be given homework for which subject. You will probably also receive a letter that tells you the amount of time that your child is expected to spend on each piece of homework. This is often thirty minutes per piece. They may also let you know when homework is expected to be returned. Sometimes it may be the next day or the next lesson, whilst others may have a longer extension, such as a week.
Often children and young adults are involved in other activities and hobbies outside of school time. They may participate in these on certain days of the week. It is important to take these into account when devising the homework schedule to ensure that your child can fit in all of their responsibilities and still have time for some fun.
Make a timetable
Once you have the information, you need to create a timetable. You can do this by hand or by using a computer program, such as Microsoft Word or Excel. Put the days of the week down one side and the subjects across the top. Tick boxes in accordance to when they are given homework. You can also specify times for certain days when homework must be completed and this can be added to your timetable.
Don’t overload them
It can be easy to think that it is a good idea to get all of their homework done in one go and then they can have the rest of the week to play. Whilst devising a schedule with one or two nights off a week is a good idea as it will give them a break, try not to cram all the homework into one evening. They will become tired, learn less from the activities and become bored and distracted.
It will help your child to stick to their homework schedule if you can provide an appropriate environment for them to learn in. This should include a quiet area with no distractions, such as the television, and an appropriate work surface for them to complete their work.
Whilst it is important that your child completes their homework and sticks to the schedule, it is also important to bear in mind that unexpected events may crop up in life. On these occasions, it is important to be flexible and adapt your timetable accordingly.