Homework tends to have a bad reputation among students and parents alike. However, homework can be very rewarding for both you and your child. In moderation, homework can allow you to be a part of your child’s education and help you and your child grow together.

Why do teachers give homework?
Research shows that when homework is examined by teachers and discussed with students, grades and academic progress improves. Teachers give homework to help students review and understand lessons that were taught. Teachers also give homework as a method to assess the child’s understanding of the material. From completing homework, students may also expand and increase their knowledge of a particular subject.

How much homework should your child have?
In primary grades, kindergarten through second grade, homework is most effective when it is limited to 10 to 20 minutes a night. In third through sixth grades, 30 to 60 minutes of homework a night is acceptable. In middle and high school, homework may vary in each subject. Homework may also be given in the form of projects and long-term assignments. At this level, teachers should confer and schedule projects to be completed at different times.

How can parents help with homework?
Make sure that your child is at school and ready to learn each day. When your child returns home from school, ask specific questions about his/her day. Create a quiet, comfortable area of your house to work on homework. Keep distractions to a minimum. Find a quiet activity for younger siblings to work on while your school-age child is completing his work. Allow your child to feel at ease. Some children prefer sitting at a table while other children had rather be on the floor. Make homework part of your daily activities. Try to complete homework at the same time each day.

How much should you help your child?
Naturally, younger children will need more help than older children. Do not complete or correct the homework for your child. The teacher needs to see if your child is struggling. Work together with your child on a couple of problems, watch him do a few problems alone and discuss anything that you see that may be beneficial.

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