A PARENT’S GUIDE TO HOMEWORK
1. Show you think education and homework are important – set a regular time for homework. NE – Y1 Reading, Y2-Y6 Reading, Spelling and Mathematics. Provide a place for homework that is fairly quiet and well lit. A desk is good but the kitchen table can work just as well. Turn of the TV and restrict phone calls/texting during homework time. Encourage all the family to find quiet activities. Set an example by reading or writing yourself.
2. Check your child’s spelling – check to see spelling is learnt (Monday to Thursday) and hear the spelling words. Work out a programme for a busy child so there is time for play, sports, clubs and homework.
3. Reading – make time to read to your child for 10-20 minutes each night if they are tired, this sets up good exposure to different texts and has a positive spin off in that it becomes quality time spent together which strengthens a parent/child relationship. Often this can be 10 minutes at bedtime.
4. Give guidance – find out how your child learns best and build on that. Encourage good homework habits by discussing how much time homework is likely to take. Give praise. Everyone likes to be told when they have done a good job. Keep criticisms to a minimum and then only offer constructive suggestions.
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Catherine M Rivers