After a long day at school, the last thing my kids want to do is tackle their assignments. And after a long day at work, arguing with them about homework is the last thing my husband and I want to do. The reason: When parents are overly immersed in homework, they deny kids the chance to become more independent and confident. Worse, it can breed anxiety along the way. Of course, backing off is easier said than done. So we asked education pros to share their secrets for helping kids study without hovering.
Survey Finds Half of Parents Struggle With Their Children’s Homework
Survey Finds Half of Parents Struggle With Their Children's Homework
As a school we appreciate how important the links between home and school are, and the need for us to work together to ensure a good education for your children. For this reason, we believe that it is important for children to bring work and tasks home from an early age. In this document are the aims of our policy on homework and an outline of the type of homework you can expect for your child. We will be trying to keep you informed if your child is not doing their homework conscientiously. Children who do not hand in their work on time may be given a short extension time, but if there is a problem in this over a period of time, the teacher will let you know the situation. Children may be asked to complete work at lunch or playtime. Your child will be provided with a homework book and necessary paper to do their homework.
How Parents Can Help With Homework (Without Doing All The Work)
Many teachers and parents believe that homework helps students build study skills and review concepts learned in class. Others see homework as disruptive and unnecessary, leading to burnout and turning kids off to school. Decades of research show that the issue is more nuanced and complex than most people think: Homework is beneficial, but only to a degree. Students in high school gain the most, while younger kids benefit much less. In class, teachers can make adjustments to support struggling students, but at home, an assignment that takes one student 30 minutes to complete may take another twice as much time—often for reasons beyond their control.
Give your child a chance to talk about their school work if they want to. Even if you know nothing about a particular subject, you can still help just by talking and listening and helping them to find their own answers. Help your child take responsibility for organising and doing their homework and never forget to praise them for their hard work or their improved concentration, handwriting or presentation. Many schools have a homework diary or daybook for parents to sign each day, so show your interest, commitment and respect for your child by signing it regularly.