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Simple Steps to Help With Homework
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Select a space. Create a quiet, uncluttered area that can become a regular, but special, place for your kids to work. Organize pencils, crayons, scissors and other items that your child may need nearby. Often, children perform better when there is a consistent, established schedule. Determine a routine: Do you allow the kids to play before settling down at the books? Should you serve snacks before they break out their spelling lists?
Talk to the teacher. When homework starts trickling in, check with your child's teacher to confirm what help to offer. While you want to be helpful, keep from completing any assignments. Teachers assign homework to assess a child's level of understanding, as well as to give them extra practice.
What's your child's learning style? During homework time, is background music necessary or is complete silence more conducive to studying? If your student prefers calm, encourage the rest of the family to focus on quiet pursuits. However, stay close to provide support and positive reinforcement, especially when reviewing work.
Set time limits. At some point, if your child is dragging out assignments, you may need to set time limits. Spending three hours on a couple of worksheets or a list of spelling words may be something you want to discuss with the teacher. Other students might be having similar struggles, which could be a sign that the teacher needs to reassess class work, or it might be a sign that your child needs more assistance on a particular subject.
Look over the work. As part of developing a routine, make your kids responsible for returning their work into their folders and then their backpacks. Regularly communicate with the teacher to confirm that the work is completed -- and done well.
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