When the time comes for homework, here are some tips which help to develop good habits
for the future while it is all very exciting and new.
Put some time into thinking about how you will manage it before it all begins and
start how you mean to continue.
Keep to the pattern which works for you in your family but remember you are preparing
them for what will eventually be independent habits and routines which will have
a big impact on how they progress in the long term.
- Establish a routine for homework, earlier rather than later in the day.
- Make sure there is a comfortable, quiet place to do it, not in front of the television.
- Be available for your child without interfering.
- Try putting siblings in separate rooms if they keep distracting each other, (you
know your children well enough to know whether you would even start by having
- Check that the homework is done and sign the homework notebook, if asked.
- Talk to teacher if your child is taking a lot more time than you think (s)he should.
- Don’t be negative about homework, ever.
- Don’t give them the answers.
- Don’t leave it exclusively to the child minder.
- Don’t do it for them! If your child has difficulty it is better your teacher knows
so they can help them.