Tackling too much Homework




If your child is in the primary grades and has more than one hour of homework, this child needs your assistance. The best way to help is to provide them with excellent organizational skills.

Make certain that your child uses an assignment pad which can clearly record the day’s assignments. Also include in this assignment pad the phone numbers of several helpful classmates. There might come a time when you may need further information about a lesson, and these classmates can be an excellent resource.

The assignment pad and all the appropriate texts need to be carried home each day in a sturdy book bag. If your child is unable to carry several hard cover texts because they become too heavy, contact the teacher about borrowing a text. The teacher can lend you a textbook to keep at home and be returned at the end of the school year.

Your child now arrives home prepared to work, but does not know what to tackle first. This is the time to guide your child to learn time management skills. Learning this skill in primary school is an essential part of creating a strong foundation for success in the years to come.

First of all, you need to decide how much time you have that evening for homework. All club activities, sports activities and church activities cannot come before the completion of the homework assignments. Once you see how much time you have that particular evening, you then can decide what to tackle first.

All written work needs to be done in a quiet environment well suited for questioning, creative writing, computing and comprehension skills. By using your time and space wisely the lessons will not take forever to complete. In this quiet environment your child will also study their study guides for upcoming exams.

There are many times during the evening and the following morning where you can assist your child prepare for an exam. Spelling words and vocabulary lists can be reviewed in brief ten minute sessions as you set the table, clean up the kitchen, prepare for bed, or while you and your child have breakfast. Arithmetic fact families can be studied in quick oral review while you are preparing for bed, eating a meal, or walking to the bus.

Book reports, history projects and lessons which are not due for several days can be tackled step by step. First prepare your materials. Then start your reading or research a few minutes each evening. The artistic part of these projects can also be completed day by day depending on how much other homework your child is responsible for that evening.

By helping your child discover how to find the time to complete all homework assignments, you are setting your child on the road to independence and success.