Homework overload. This is an all too common occurrence in many homes. Exhausted kids spending too much time on homework – or doing everything but homework. And stressed out parents who just want it done. There are many debates over homework (how much is too much, how long should it take, is it even necessary), but the harsh reality is that it’s still assigned in 99% of schools and needs to be done.
The following tips can help to create a positive atmosphere around homework and encourage your child to stay focused during homework time.
A positive aspect of homework is that it keeps parents connected to what their children are learning in school. Take advantage of the opportunity of getting a sneak peak into your child's school day and help your child to make real life connections to whatever topics they are learning about. Learning about measuring? Get out your measuring spoons and let them help make dinner. Learning about stars? Take a few moments before bedtime to look into the sky and discuss the constellations. More connections to real life = deeper learning.