Homework is an important part of instruction but, it can also be a source of frustration for both parents and students. Research tells us that homework has several benefits. It can positively impact a student’s learning and help them learn important life skills such as time management, organization, problem solving, goal-setting, and perseverance. Homework also provides students the opportunity to practice or extend the material learned in the classroom and can provide parents firsthand knowledge of what children are learning in school. If you and/or your child are having homework issues here are some ideas that may help.
Be positive about homework. Remind your child about the importance of school and how homework can help them practice what they have learned. The positive attitude you express about education and homework will help your child have a positive attitude.
Develop a plan for homework and studying. This plan can include a specific place and time for homework. Make sure children have all the supplies they need in order to complete the assignment and keep the supplies in a designated location so that time is not wasted trying to find them.
Try to be available to answer any questions your child might have about the homework. If necessary, work a problem or two with your child, then watch as the child tries to complete the next one independently. Understand that your role as a parent is to provide help, not to do the work for them.
Remember, the teacher is always your best resource when you have questions about what your children are learning in school. Contact your child’s teacher(s) if your child consistently has problems completing the homework or refuses to do the homework. The teacher may be able to help turn the situation around so that homework is not a struggle for you or your child.
When parents get involved with their children’s homework, communication between the school and family can improve and student achievement can increase.
As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell can at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.