Homework Help is Here
by Amber Brandt
It’s homework season, and even
though evenings are particularly busy for most families, your support at home
can make a huge difference for your child. According to research conducted by
the Center for Public Education, “Programs and interventions that engage families in
supporting their children’s learning at home are linked to higher student
achievement.” Here are five ways you can help your child get the most out of
studying at home.
Eliminate distractions. Set up a special area where your
child can get in the habit of completing their homework each night. Remove
visual or auditory distractions and make sure TV, social media or games are out
Be in the know. Pop in to dialogue with your child’s teacher about
how long — on average — your child’s homework should take to complete. If your
child spends much longer than what is expected, the approach or the load may
need to be modified.
Take a break first. It’s tempting to want your child to get started right
away so the homework can be finished early, but bear in mind they’ve already
had a long day. Allow them to play outside or on the computer, have a
protein-packed snack, and then switch the gears over to homework when the time
Find what works. Does your child have trouble staying on task? Consider
setting a timer and urge them to get as much done as they can before it goes
off. (Reset as needed.) Or perhaps they’re extra sensory-stimulated. No
problem, try letting them sit on an exercise ball or chew gum while they work.
Monitor and motivate. Ask questions about what
assignments are due, any quizzes coming up, or simply be on hand to encourage
and answer questions.
Parents who stay invested in
their children’s education and homework after hours can not only be a valuable
resource to help their child stay on track — you may be able to help eliminate
struggles before they start. If your child often exhibits frustration or
discouragement over their ability to complete a task, you can step in to help
connect them with the tools they need — even if it’s a little extra tutoring on
the side. Don’t be afraid to bring up any questions or concerns to your child’s
teacher. We want to work with you to create the best learning environment and
customized education possible for your child.