The school year is off to a great start with fabulous teachers. These teachers who are really making it easier for me to work with the kids on their homework, without feeling overwhelmed or frustrated! While homework time is certainly NOT my son's favourite time of the day, I've started to try some new and innovative ways to help my new Grade One-er feel confident and empowered in his learning.
Here are some homework tips that REALLY work!
1. Get homework done right after school. Kids might be tired and want a break, but taking that break might make it too difficult to get back into the "learning" zone.
2. Tag team your kids! My oldest loves to sit and help the littler one with his homework or reading. I love to help encourage my boys to work together, build confidence and mentor each other! The result has been a very proud big brother and a little brother who just loves the one on one time!
3. Snacks are important! Feeding their bodies with healthy snacks can feed their minds and get them ready for more learning. momstown meals has 15 great afterschool snack ideas to inspire you!
4. Set up a homework area with all the supplies you need. I created our Homework Headquarters with a few organizational items and supplies that will help keep us neat and tidy. The kids each have their own file to store their work and drawers of writing and craft supplies they can access when they need them.
5. Keep homework time to the recommended maximum by grade. This can be challenging on the nights where your child has a math worksheet, word work AND reading to do, but it's okay to stop after the maximum time. Try to pick up some reading at bedtime or in the morning or if necessary, mention to the teacher that you are finding that it might be too much for your child. The recommended maximum homework is; 10 minutes of homework a night per grade level (ie. 10 minutes for a Grade 1 student; 20 for a Grade 2 student, etc.). I would suggest that reading is above and beyond this.
6. Have some fun and practice! Re-using school worksheets with a sheet protector and dry erase marker is one way that kids can have fun with homework. Let your child practice with the dry erase marker and sheet protector first, for a worksheet that needs to be handed in.
7. Keep to the routine! Allow for 10-15 minutes of homework, even if the teachers haven't assigned homework that night. Grab a workbook and complete it with your child or keep a blank journal on hand for these nights, so that your child can practice their writing.
Happy Homework time!