Homework Excellence Is Inspired Through Nine Best Parenting Practices

Homework Excellence Is Inspired Through Nine Best Parenting Practices

Blessings and cheers to our children and grandchildren as they head back to school over the next few weeks.  For most of them, school is their primary work, the things they do to learn and grow and prepare themselves for their future.  It isn’t so easy anymore and most of them, like it was true for us, will have regular homework responsibilities that are so important.  While homework is the child’s work to do, Mom and Dad and Grandparents can do a lot to help their children learn to manage their responsibility to do their homework to the best of their ability.

The best practices and ideas below may seem obvious, but the list has served me well as a reminder of important things I can do to help my children succeed.

  1. Make a Family Commitment to Homework Excellence 
  • For sure, you are the most important person in the world to your children. Do everything possible to really enjoy and help them develop. They’re only young once.
  • The sooner you start working with your children to develop the skills and knowledge expected at the start of school, the greater the chances of student success. Studies indicate that the alphabet and reading, numbers and counting, and skills associated with paying attention and focusing are the three most important skills for starting school.
  • Talk to your kids about the importance of homework and your expectations.
  • The best way for you to be involved is to work with your kids on schoolwork and educational activities at home.
  • Share the homework support responsibility with your spouse whenever possible and individually do the things that each of you can do best.
  • Also, other members of the family can often help children learn. Call on grandparents and older brothers and sisters to help out.
  • Set high expectations and develop workable routines to make sure your kids are doing their homework as best they can.
  • Finally, as your kids get older, give homework the same kind of attention as when your children were younger.
  1. Build a Positive Relationship with Your Child’s Teacher!

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  • First of all, plan to meet the teacher early in the school year. If you can’t make it to a one-on-one invitation from the teacher, request a meeting time that is convenient to both of you. Phone or send an email.
  • Be prepared to ask questions about teacher requirements, how your child is doing, and recommendations for any improvements needed.
  • Inform the teacher of important things to know about your child such as color blindness, medical conditions, favorite activities, etc.
  • Offer to volunteer if you can. Your child will see this as commitment to her education and the visit can support the development of a positive relationship with the teacher.
  • And, take action now if you ever become aware of a serious problem.  Don’t let it fester into a bigger problem.
  1. Create the Right Atmosphere in Your Home for Learning.

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  • Establish a set time when your children will do their homework. Sooner is almost always better than later.
  • Reduce distractions. Turn off the cell phones, television, and noisy distractions.
  • Find a suitable table or desk that is close to where you will be. Ensure good lighting.
  • Store materials needed for homework in a drawer or container that is easily accessible.
  • Utilize Folders for Focusing https://parentingmykids.com/nine-best-parenting-practices-homework-support/to reduce visual distractions. The internal dry erase boards can also be used to list and prioritize homework assignments, provide visual cues, and practice math, spelling, and other assignments.
  1. Set High Expectations!
  • Tell your kids that homework is vital to their success in school and in the future. Don’t let them talk you out of this.  Share the lives of famous people who have worked hard to succeed at whatever they do.
  • Determine the priority and time for homework. Be consistent and make sure there’s enough time to get it all done well before bedtime.
  • Get kids to bed at the same time each night. Well-rested kids do so much better in school.
  • And most importantly, give your children the loving affection they need, and they will become young people who shine.
  1. Teach Your Children Good Habits Needed for School!
  • FullSizeRenderBe prepared. Have homework and things needed for school ready the night before.
  • Get a good night sleep.
  • Take care of yourself
  • Listen and ask questions.
  • Pay attention and respect your teacher.
  • Be helpful and kind to others.
  • Develop study skills.
  • And don’t forget to have fun playing and getting physical activity.
  1. Teach Your Kids the Power of Practice!
  • Most of us are able to throw a ball – at least a little bit, but if we practice, we’ll get better. If we practice a lot, we may become very good. It’s the same with everything, right? Walking, talking, cooking, reading, playing the piano, playing basketball, doing arithmetic, etc. Same with strengthening skills related to paying attention, focusing, and managing time.
  • Insist that your children practice things that are important to you – good habits and manners, schoolwork, etc.
  • Find activities that your kids like to do and fill them with encouragement and keep them practicing. No getting off the hook. How many of the great athletes or musicians or scholars ever say that they wish Mom had let them quit?
  1. Monitor Results.
  • Track your child’s progress – look at papers being sent home, reinforce what they are learning with discussion, and help them better understand more difficult assignments.
  • Praise your children for very good work.
  • And of great importance, don’t let them get away with sloppy efforts.
  1. Take Action!
  • Do your best to provide your child with the help that she needs.
  • Ask his teacher for recommendations for improvement.
  • If necessary, seek others who can teach or tutor your child.
  • Attend regular conferences with the teacher.
  • Keep learning and don’t be afraid to try new things if what you’re doing now isn’t working too well.
  • Join the school PTA or Home and School Association and become involved.
  • And never, ever stop insisting on a diligent effort in doing homework and making school a major priority.
  1. Set a Great Example!
  • Finally, children who see you reading, writing, learning, and doing good things to take care of yourself will mimic your behaviors and develop some of the same interests and skills. To your children, you will be the greatest influence on their lives.

 

Nancy Ekis

Parenting My Kids

September 2016

 

 

 

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