These simple tips have made a huge difference to many parents who used to battle to get their child to do homework each night
1. Make homework a regular habit. If you can, have a set time every day. – When your child has had a little time to chill after coming in from school, and before tea-time
2. Check with the school how much homework your child is required to do. It is the teacher’s responsibility to set homework that your child can complete in the time specified by the school.
3. Once your child has everything they need and are ready to start, set a timer to go off after 20 minutes, half an hour, or an hour- however long the school specified
4. After the timer goes off, write on the worksheet or book “this is what Johnny completed in 20 minutes” – and sign it
Done! That’s it. Now your child can relax and enjoy the rest of their evening.
You’ll be amazed at how much difference these four simple steps will make to your child’s willingness to do their homework
- What if your child doesn’t have homework that night? Then the time should be used to do something educational. If your child can’t find something suitable to do in the time, then you can choose an activity that would help further their education
- If presentation or attention to detail is a problem, have a rule where, after they do a piece of homework, you find two things your child could improve, and they find two things – your child then does those four things and then that’s it. Homework over!