How do I get my son/daughter to do their
As a teacher, you probably get this question often
Perhaps, the following might be of interest to you
as a classroom teacher or parent.
Parents are an integral component in the success
of their children in school and the issue of homework is a perfect example of
this. As the parent, you must make school and doing homework a top
priority in the course of a day, over sporting practice, lessons, etc. I like to
think of the issue of homework with PRAISE ...
1. Have a PLACE for your
son/daughter to do their homework. It should be a central area(ie-kitchen if you
are making dinner) and not a bedroom away from your supervision where they
perhaps have a computer, TV, telephone, CD player, etc . to distract them from
successfully completing their task.
2. Establish a ROUTINE, an
established time when homework is to be done. Personally, I think young
people need a break after school to unwind so I think starting about 5 might be
good(before dinner). This routine time should be kept even on "no homework
days". Use the time like a study hall at home where they could read for
the time, do research on the computer on a topic of interest, write you a letter
explaining things covered in class during the day,etc.
3. Have a positive ATTITUDE toward
school as the parent. Even if you yourself didn't have a positive
experience toward school, you as the parent must foster a positive attitude so
kids pick up positive vibes from you. If your son/daughter thinks YOU don't
value school and the homework that goes with it, they will easily see this and
develop negative attitudes.
4.Have INVOLVEMENT in your
son/daughter's studies. Don't DO the homework , but check on their
progress, ask if they need help AND ask to see the completed assignments when
they say they have finished. So many parents tell me that homework takes HOURS
because they admit they don't monitor their son/daughter's on task progress.
Show you value what they have completed by reviewing their work.
5.: SELF RELIANCE and SUPPORT
your son/daughter. Homework is the responsibility of your son/daughter to come
home with their materials and assignments. Teach them self- reliance to suffer
the consequences from their teacher AND from you if they don't complete the
daily assignment. Support your son/daughter. If they are having difficulties
with the assignments by offering help and by contact their teacher to ask
for suggestions if they are having difficulty with the math or the reading
6. ESTABLISH CONSEQUENCES for
failure of your son/daughter to follow through to complete their homework or to
be responsible for coming home with materials to complete the assignments. Far
too often, I hear parents tell me that my son/daughter couldn't do their
homework because they had football practice! School should be the top
priority over extracurricular activities .
Place all these components together and you get
PRAISE something parents must do each day to foster a positive
attitude toward school and being successful. Hang a good comment or paper on the
refrigerator, tell your son/daughter that you are proud of them for being
prepared for the entire week, bake a cake, etc., to show them that what they are
doing is of value to you,too!
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