Wondering how to help your children with homework — or how to get them to do it without a struggle? Here’s how.
What’s the point of homework? “Homework is designed to help students reinforce key concepts, process and solidify new information, provide time for extra practice of skills, and reflect on how much they’ve learned,” notes teacher Susan Becker, M. Ed. However, approaches to homework vary from district to district, school to school and teacher to teacher. Some schools don’t give children homework until the 2nd grade, others start in kindergarten. Some teachers create original homework, while other use or modify prepared work sheets.
Don’t do the homework for your child. Most teachers use homework to find out what the child knows. They do not want parents doing their children’s homework but do want parents to make sure homework is completed and review any mistakes to see what can be learned from them.
Don’t take over your child’s projects. Teachers do not want parents doing their kids’ projects. Instead, they want parents to support their kids’ learning and make sure they have what they need to accomplish a task. Check with your child’s teacher for his policy and review it with your child.
Set up a good space to work. All children need the same thing: a clean, well-lit space. But keep in mind that each child may work differently; some will do their work at the kitchen table and others at their desks in their rooms.
Pay attention to your child’s rhythms and help him find the right time to begin his work. Some children will work best by doing homework right after school; others need a longer break and must run around before tackling the work. Most will need a snack. If your child does after-school activities, set a homework time before or after the activity, or after dinner. Whatever routine you choose, help your child stick to it.
Find out how your child studies best. “You should find the ways your child likes to study. For example, some kids will learn spelling words by writing them out, others by closing their eyes and picturing them and saying them aloud,” advises teacher Susan Becker, M. Ed. “The sound environment is also important,” adds Michael Thompson, Ph.D. “Some kids may want to listen to music, some are helped by being in the middle of noise, others need absolute quiet.”
Don’t hover — but stay close by. Keep in mind that it’s their homework, not yours, but remain available in case you are needed. “The ideal set up would be for a parent to be reading nearby while the child is studying because then you both are doing your educational work together, but that’s not always possible,” says Michael Thompson, Ph.D. “A parent may be working out of the home, or need to be working in the home and cooking dinner. So if you are home, stay close, and if you are not there, have another adult check to make sure it’s going OK. And remember that all homework is not equal, so not everything will need your rapt attention.”
Limit media exposure. Turn off the TV and the iPod when your child does homework. And the computer too, unless it’s being used for research. You might start by asking how much time he thinks he should spend on this, and negotiate from there. Remember, you have the final word. And keep in mind that if you watch TV when your child can’t, the plan may backfire.
Let the teacher know if you gave your child a lot of homework help. “If your child needs extra help or truly doesn’t understand something, let the teacher know. Write on the assignment, ‘done with parental help,’ or write a separate note,” advises Michael Thompson, Ph.D. If your child resists, explain that homework is used to practice what you know and to show the teacher what you need help learning more about — so it’s a parent’s job to let the teacher know.
2nd Grade Math Homework: Help for Kids
During the first grade children were taught the basics of mathematics, such as counting, adding, and subtracting double- and triple-digit numbers. Teaching math in the second grade is built upon the skills learned in the first grade. Children learn to recognize fractions and use numbers into the thousands. It would be appropriate to say that teaching math in this period becomes more practically-oriented. More attention is given to show how exactly the knowledge will be applicable in real life. Pupils are taught measurement, calculating weight and volume, currency, adding up dollars and coins. Therefore, the best way to present them is to employ real-life examples, probably food or shopping.
Does such change have consequences?
Definitely. The most common consequence includes complication of homework. As a result, a lot of pupils have to ask their parents for homework help. It is crucial that a parent should be prepared to do it. There are some useful tips for those who are interested in a way how to help a child to succeed:
Visualizing the problem
As the requirements to the level of pupils’ knowledge grow, teachers often try to compensate the lack of time in the classroom and send the material to learn at home. In this case parents can help with addition, subtraction and multiplication actively employing different material objects. It is a great idea to let children use coins or buttons to represent the math function used in the task. If they can clearly see what is required, they are able to complete the math in their heads quicker and easier.
Encourage your children to take notes during math class and to mark any problematic tasks.
Understanding the assignment
The first thing in learning math is to learn how to understand the task. Teach your child to read instructions carefully and to re-read them if necessary.
Show your child that he or she is welcome to ask for help whenever they needs it. It is known that most children are more likely to ask for help in private, rather than being among his classmates, because of fear to be mocked at. Social distraction may be a serious problem, so try to minimize its bad consequences by encouraging close communication inside the family.