Thursday, October 6, 2011

Homework--for parents, too


If you are part-time or not currently working, the kids are going to look to you even more for help with homework.

Uh-oh.

Gremlyn Bradley-Waddell writes about this in the AZ Republic, October 4, 2011.

Homework can be a quiet time—with the kid hoping you forgot. Or a battle royal.

The experts say you really need to tune in, though, and step up. Homework makes good study habits, brings focus. Oh--and adds to knowledge.

Parents should talk to the teacher at the beginning of the year—see what is expected.

Try to take the emotion out—with the kids and the teacher. Fact of life. Establish a routine…maybe some outdoor or TV time, then homework. Or homework first thing—get it out of the way.

Provide a TV-free place to do it. Parents should do something quiet then, too.

As a parent, you need to monitor progress, look over the finished papers.

There are some online teachers who can provide homework advice—if parents get stumped.

When my kid was in school, they didn’t teach multiplication tables—I had to make flash cards. It wasn’t home schooling, but close. There may be things like this you want to augment with, also.

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