Homework SHOULD BE an opportunity for parents to see how well their child is doing in terms of understanding the topics we are working on in school. 

Homework SHOULD NOT BE a battle or tears and upset children! 


1) Your child will be responsible for writing down their homework assignments in their planner.  They will also be responsible for completing their homework and turning it in at school on time.   

2) Remove distractions - Do homework in a quiet place that does not have distractions. Turn off the TV; don't expect your child to do homework in a room where siblings are playing.
3) Establish a routine - Set a specific "homework time" such as right after supper. Require that homework be complete before your child can watch TV, play video games, etc.
4) Prioritize - Encourage your child to work first on those assignments that are due tomorrow. Then tackle the tasks that are due later. Help your child plan his studying so that projects are not left until the last minute. Using their planner can help with this. 
5) Check understanding - Be sure your child understands new assignments before he or she starts working on them. This one can save lots of late-evening tears! 

6) Productive struggle - If your child is struggling with a concept or problems on their homework to the point where they are taking an hour or more to do their homework, or if they are frustrated to the point of tears; allow them to stop.  Please write a note to me letting me know that this was a very difficult assignment for them.   Keep in mind however that students need to be allowed to work through productive struggle.  It is okay for them to have to work at it, to not understand right away and to continue to work and persevere through; just not to the point of shutting down and tears due to frustration. 
6) Guide, but don't correct - If your child needs help, offer ideas that can help her sort out the problem, but don't give her the answers.
7) Get organized for tomorrow - Remind your child to pack the backpack before going to bed. Even the best homework effort doesn't do much good if it's left on the kitchen table!