Thursday, June 13, 2024
The Parents' Voice

The Parents’ Voice

By Shelley Heaphy

Homework

Homework — How do we get it all done and stay sane? Is it impossible? Maybe not, check out these tips on how to assist your children with homework. Fingers crossed this helps in some homes.
First, get their space ready:
1. Set up a well-lit homework space. Keep it organized and stocked for homework time. Have paper, pencils, erasers, markers, rulers, dictionaries, etc.
2. Set up a routine, whether it’s before or after supper and keep it consistent so that each day your child knows when they are expected to get homework done. If it’s right after school, most kids work better after a snack.
3. Keep distractions to a minimum. This is so hard with younger siblings. If this is the case in your home, try to have an activity planned for the younger children that does not require much assistance and that is not too loud. Playdough, colouring and reading are simple examples.
4. Time management — This is an important life skill that children start learning in elementary school. On nights with a heavy workload, help them develop a plan. What needs to be done the next day? How can you break apart projects to be able to do a little bit each day? Help them figure it out so they can break it down on their own in the future.

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