Video:Make a Homework-Friendly Homewith Kathy Moore
Homework assignments are an extension of the school day for children, but they often forget that once they are at home. See how you can help create an environment that will allow your kids to do their best work.See Transcript
Transcript:Make a Homework-Friendly HomeHi, I'm Kathy Moore for About.com. All parents want their kids to do well in school and homework is an important extension of the school day. This program will help you create a study environment at home so your children can do their best work.
The Importance of HomeworkHomework assignments enhance lessons learned in the classroom and help children establish good study habits so it is important that you create the proper atmosphere in your home.
Create a Homework ScheduleFirst, set a regular time devoted to homework. Depending on your family's schedule, the best time might be right after school or after your evening meal. Having a time set-aside for studying reinforces the importance you place on learning.
Set Aside a Homework SpaceNext, find a spot in your home that is suitable for doing homework. That means an area that is well-lit, comfortable and free from distractions like TV, & radio. If other children in the house are likely to cause distractions, then you may wish to establish the study area in a place away from noisy siblings. For older children the study area may need a computer with internet access and, of course, a dictionary.
Maintain an Open Dialogue About HomeworkFor younger students and older kids who struggle with homework, set aside time to discuss assignments with your child before they begin and make yourself available to answer questions during the homework time. Afterwards, you can review the work and offer some praise and encouragement along the way.
Watch for signs that your child may be stuck on a problem. It is always better to help your child find the answer rather than figuring out the problem for them.
Parents can foster academic success by creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. When your kids know that you think homework is important, they will approach it with the necessary energy and enthusiasm.
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