Homework is the time to practice the skills a student learns during class time. It is also a time to explore new ideas and concept on their own. Repetition is important to learning. Often there is not adequate time in the class to do large amounts of repetition.

For that reason teachers may assign homework for extra practice. Homework may or may not be evaluated by the teacher. If it is purely for the student’s practice, then the student should ensure the answers are correct by checking the answer key in the back of the textbook where available. They will also often be given a chance for “peer review” of their homework; they should use that time to their advantage.

Make sure your child has a quiet comfortable place to do his or her homework that is free from distractions. Make sure the chair and desk or table is at comfortable height. Make sure there is no TV or radio playing in the room. Make sure there are no siblings running through and playing. Give your child a consistent space that will maximize their ability to concentrate and learn.

It’s often good to give a short rest of about 20 minutes when your child arrives home before doing anything else. A small, healthy snack will also be helpful. Then go into a time of homework. 21 Make the homework a higher priority than playing, watching TV or playing video games. Get it done while there is still daylight. Save the evening hours for family time or social time.

Keep your child accountable for their homework. Look over their work and confirm it is their “best.” Ask them questions. Have them explain to you or demonstrate what they are learning. If they can explain or demonstrate it, that means they probably really do understand. Don’t simply ask, did you do it? Homework should be about 10 minutes per grade level. A 6th grader should expect about an hour of homework per night, while a 1st grader should be able to complete his or her work in about 10 minutes. If your child is taking considerably longer or shorter times, then find out why. Feel free to consult with the teacher.

Remember, sometimes, extra work is not beneficial. The teacher will give the correct amount to accomplish the specific learning objectives for the assignment. Most children benefit more from playing outside and being active than by doing a few extra math problems for practice beyond the homework. Consistent non-submitted or late homework may result in reduction in results, after-school detentions, and withdrawal from sport teams, suspension or expulsion.



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