Friday, October 30, 2015

RtI - Homework Help for Parents

Homework Help for Parents
Now that school is in full swing, homework is most likely part of your child’s after school routine. Here are some helpful strategies from Peg Dawson, expert in the field of executive functioning and organization, to help support homework completion.

  1. Check in with your child every day - Children will spend more time completing homework if they receive help from their parents. Just having a parent nearby can often help a child feel encouraged to complete their homework. As children get older, they may become resistant to parental support, but a daily check-in about homework may be helpful. Checking your child’s assignment notebook is a helpful way to check in on homework expectations daily.
  2. Establish clear homework routines - Tasks are easier to complete when they are a part of a daily routine. This also offers a sense of order and build habits that will help children throughout their educational career and beyond. These components are important in building a homework routine:
    1. Identify a specific location
    2. Ensure all essential homework materials are available
    3. Decide on the best time to complete homework
    4. Make a checklist of all the tasks your child needs to complete as a way to help them organize how they will go about completing their homework.
    5. At the end of the homework routine, have your child place his or her finished work in the appropriate folder and clean the area in preparation for the next homework session.

  1. Supervise but don’t micro manage - Parents should provide the minimal amount of support necessary to complete the assignment successfully. Rather than giving your child the answer if they are stuck, help guide them to using the problem solving steps necessary to answer the questions.

  1. Look to others for help - It may be helpful to take turns with another trusted individual in monitoring homework time. Some potential candidates include older siblings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Some children may enjoy working with other kids, in which case, hiring high school or college students may be a good idea.  
  2. Use incentives if necessary - Simple incentive strategies include having your child pick the order in which they will complete their homework, building in breaks after each assignment, and giving your child something to look forward to (screen time, reading a book, etc.) after they complete their homework.

As always, we encourage parents to contact their teacher if any further help and support with homework completion is needed.

References: Dawson, P. (2010). Homework: A guide for parents. National Association of School Psychologists. Retrieved October 26, 2015.

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