Families really just want their children to do well. Especially in school, sometimes parents can feel a great deal of pressure for their students to do well. Homework is one of those things that causes pressure. We would like homework to be a positive relationship between you and your child. We would also like to remove some of that pressure by offering some really helpful tips.
1. Most of our teachers, especially primary teachers, assign homework so that they can see what children really learned during the day. They use homework to gauge how much reteaching, or different teaching they should do. So if your child doesn't understand the homework, and none of your hints are helping, write the teacher a note on the homework. The teacher will be happy to help the child at school the next day.
2. Stay calm. Sometimes homework can take a little bit longer for some students. If it is taking too long, take a break. Avoid giving your child the answers to hurry things along. This can make your child frustrated, too.
3. Ask the teacher questions, and encourage your child to advocate for themselves by asking their own questions. Encourage them to look up the directions online, make sure they know exactly what the teacher wants, and make sure they know what they should be learning. It can be helpful to know why they are learning it.
Below find a resource from KidsHealth with more ideas for helping your child with homework. We are hoping to reduce your stress and increase your joy as your child learns at home.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.