So, you just got home from school, opened your child's Thursday folder, and are settling in to begin homework, cook dinner, and get the night's activities in gear. Whew! Already tired, huh?
For me, as a parent, homework sure does seem much different than it was when I was in school. Recently, I had a conversation with a parent about homework and its importance which prompted my writing this column.
A recent report published by the National Association of Elementary School Principals featured the importance of effective homework help and routines. For instance, "students with parents who are involved in their child's education are more likely to earn higher grades, adapt well to school, and pass their classes." However, what is the difference from being involved with helping with a child's homework versus interfering with a child's homework. Now, that is a touchy subject.
So, I researched some strategies that can help us all as parents:
1. Create conditions conducive to learning. Make sure that your child has a quiet, well-lit space to do work, away from the TV or other distractions.
2. Help your child learn time management. Set a time each day for doing homework and plan ahead to tackle big projects.
3. Be positive. Be encouraging if your child becomes frustrated with new or difficult material.
4. Guide, don't do. Don't do homework for your child. In fact, when your child does homework, you should do work, too. This shows your child that the skills he/she is learning are related to adult responsibilities.
5. Brainstorm together. Challenge your child to think of ideas which can be done to complete projects.
6. Stay informed. Be sure to stay connected to your child's teacher and your child's friends so that you have a "lifeline" if your child is struggling with a specific topic or skill.
Yes, homework is important. It is assigned to reinforce skills taught in school each day. It is an extension of the classroom learning. I truly understand and empathize that some of this material is difficult. My high school son is taking Calculus, and I can't help him at all. It's frustrating.
However, your teachers and I are here to help your child in any way possible. Please make sure that you check and sign your child's agenda book each day! This is a powerful home-school connection to keeping us all informed! Let us know if we can help in any way!
As always, I thank you for your continued support!
Information taken from "Report to Parents: Effective
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Mary Anne Catoe
Congratulations to Mrs. Mary Anne Catoe, 1st grade teacher,
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