If there is one really difficult conversation about school for both kids and parents, it’s homework. Parents must ensure kids complete it, but don’t always have confidence in why it’s assigned, whether it’s helpful or whether it’s the right amount.
Despite all the difficulty, well-planned and judiciously assigned homework can have a positive impact on your student’s success in school. The bigger issue is how to make the task easier for our kids to accomplish (without doing the work for them, of course).
We’ve heard recently from a K12 parent who has a child in both virtual and brick and mortar schools. With online education, school is over when the day’s schoolwork is completed. But when a student is in brick-and-mortar school, he arrives home tired, probably hungry and simply wanting to kick back and relax. Yet, he still has a list of work to accomplish that afternoon or evening. Add extracurricular activities and family stuff and it can make everyone’s life crazy.
Every situation is different, so it’s hard to provide perfect solutions. However, here are some strategies that can be molded to fit your family and perhaps assist in the never-ending headache that is homework:
Make sure that you have a healthy snack waiting. Your child will need something to look forward to nibbling on and a chance to decompress. Having a healthy, but desirable snack waiting helps. If your child has an after-school activity before arriving at home this is even more necessary! That snack is the fuel to energy for getting the rest of the day done.
Make a schedule for accomplishing homework for the week. Not every day is likely to be the same, but if you can create a weekly schedule that includes activities and homework, your student will have an expectation about where things fit in. Tuesdays may be school, Scouts and then homework and dinner. On Wednesdays it may be school, homework, dinner, basketball practice. As long as your child knows what to expect, it’s easier to accept and remember.