1. Set a regular homework time – get your child into a daily routine so they know at what time they need to do their homework. Find a time that suits your child. Make it a routine of them coming home, having some afternoon tea, and then getting straight into their homework. If your child does their homework at the same time every afternoon, they will soon become aware of what needs to happen when. A good idea is to set a timer for 10, 20 or 30 minutes (depending on the age of your child) so that when the timer rings, your child will know they can go if they have worked through that period.
2. Set a place to do homework – designate a quiet place free from distractions where your child can do their homework. Set a clearly defined space so they know when they sit down in this space, that it’s homework time and time to concentrate.
3. Give your child support with their homework, but don’t do it for them – you don’t have to be an expert to help your child with their homework. Ask your child what they are learning, and if they are having difficulty, give them some assistance to get them on the right track – but don’t do it all for them. Homework is about developing independence. Teaching your child to tackle their homework on their own when they first start school will help them develop the confidence to work and solve problems independently. If your child is having difficulty with their homework, sometimes it can be beneficial for them to not receive help at home, but to bring their homework in the next day and receive help in class. This will allow their teacher to know how they are progressing and what they need help with.
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