• Homework Tips
     
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    Taking the struggle out of nightly homework can begin with a...
    • Positive Attitude: Set the tone and make it fun and enjoyable. Challenges stretch us beyond our comfort zones.
    • Time Management: Written homework plan that includes timelines and goals, using whatever tools are the most appealing to them: computer, notebook, giant calendar page, blackboard, sticky notes on the refrigerator door, even dry-erase markers on their bedroom window. Anything will work, as long as it's something they find fun.
    • Reward System: Create a system that works for your family and budget. One possibility uses fun tickets as motivation. Each time your child earns a reward, give him a ticket toward a set goal: movies with mom, breakfast in bed, extra TV time or a special trip to the playground. Making the rewards something memorable rather than monetary will inspire long-term positive attitudes regarding homework.
    • Healthy Snack: It boosts brain power before homework.
    • HW Spot: Quiet, no distraction and has all the materials needed to get the job done.
    • Praise: Reward with words and excitement for the completion of their work!
    During homework be prepared to...
    • Chunk the assignments by doing a few problems at a time for focus and attention, or use a stopwatch.
    • Let your children play teacher. Letting them teach you a skill or concept that they're working on will improve their understanding of the concept and will build logic and reasoning skills. Let your kids "test" you, and let them determine a fitting reward if you pass their exams!
    • Schedule breaks by using a timer. Do jumping jacks, run up and down steps or sit-ups. This will keep them grounded and alert.
    *These simple tips can make homework more fun and rewarding in the long term. The general standard for homework amounts is 10 minutes multiplied by grade level.
     
    * If your child is spending significantly more time than that, please contact us for help and suggestions.
     
    * Do not exceed the time, just send unfinished homework with a note from you or your child stating what caused difficulty.