What are some ways to help children get
their homework done?
Parental involvement in a child's education is important
to a child's success or failure in school. Here are ways to
help your children finish their homework:
- Establish good study habits like taking good notes,
following directions, planning time, and setting
- Closely monitor your child and encourage your children
to let you know when they have homework.
- Have children do homework in a place where it is easy
for you to supervise and at a time when you are available.
- Set up a specific homework schedule.
- Stimulate study beyond doing homework. Homework is
often completing a worksheet. Studying is "reading more
about it" and asking questions like "how can this apply to
my everyday life?" If a child is working on fractions,
encourage your child to look for ways around the house
that fractions are used. Having them help make a batch of
cookies, for example, may help to show how what we learn
in school is used in daily life.
- Teach kids to remove distractions like the TV and
telephone. Try hanging up a "do not disturb" sign that
they have designed.
- Prompt siblings to respect a quiet study time.
- Encourage your children to reward themselves when they
finish their homework. Some rewards suggested by 6th
graders: making a snack, taking a walk, working on a
hobby, shooting some hoops, playing with the family pet,
or making a telephone call to a friend.
Sandra McKinnon, Family Financial Education Specialist in Franklin County, Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009