Setting up a Homework Schedule for your Child

Setting up a homework schedule for your child involves several important pieces of information.  Let’s take a look at the components for choosing the best homework schedule for your child:

*Your child’s activity level – If your child is bouncing off walls when they get home because they have been sitting down for most of the day in school, allow them to have to time to exert energy playing sports or doing something physical before settling down to focus on homework.

*Your family’s dinner schedule – You don’t want your child at the dining room table doing homework when you are about to set the table for dinner.  You also don’t want to rush your child to move away from the table, if that is where they do their homework.  You know they can’t focus if they are hungry but being full may make them sleepy and not work out well either.  Therefore, you will want to consider what time you eat dinner before setting their homework schedule.

*Extra Curricular Activities – If you know you’ll be at the ball park most evenings, you will need to take that into consideration before setting up a homework schedule.

*Bedtime – We have all been up late trying to cram for a test or finish a project before it is due.  Children require a lot of sleep in order to grow and feel rested.  Don’t put homework just before bed and have it end up keeping them up late on school nights.  

*Learning Ability – Lastly, you will need to consider whether or not your child needs extra help with homework.  If they have a learning delay or problems with a particular subject or with reading, you may need to allow more time for homework.  You also may need to consider having help available from a tutor, call center or website.  

When you’ve contemplated your family’s schedule and the components above, you have probably come up with some idea of when is best to implement a homework schedule.  Let’s look at a sample schedule that will fit many households with school-aged children and see if you can modify it for your own household.

3:30 p.m. Child arrives home from school

3:45 p.m.  After-school snack

4:00 p.m. Play time or Down time

5:00 p.m. Homework

6:00 p.m.  Pick up and get ready for dinner

6:30 p.m. Dinner

7:30 p.m.  Bath time

8:30 p.m. Bedtime 

If your child needs help with homework, consider the following resources which are free to use:

Online homework help

Always remember to check over your child’s homework, be aware of any projects they are assigned and keep up with what they are doing in school.