Life is already hard enough without homework at the end of a busy day. It’s no doubt a necessary task in households across the world k-12. End of first marking period is almost over, and now is the perfect time to get a handle on the homework monster, which is about 50% or more of your grade at many schools. Here are 5 sure ways to manage homework for any student.
1. Communicate with your child’s teacher at minimum once weekly. This does not need to be a lengthy talk, but rather a check-in so things don’t creep up on you after it’s too late. The idea here is to “show” the teacher(s) and administrator(s) that your child has concerned parents/adults, and a support system that is ready for feedback and willing to meet daily, weekly, monthly, and annual needs.
Asking questions about behavior, homework, and special projects and assignments makes you a partner with your child and his or her teacher. Checking in with a quick face-to-face, phone call, email, or text message makes a big difference, weighing heavily on the difference between earning an A-, or B+. Many students slip through the cracks, don’t let it be your child!
2. Communicate with your child at minimum everyday! Happy kids are that way because adults in their lives engage them in meaningful conversation, which is two-fold. Every student K-12 could benefit from a genuine, “how was your day today?”
Ask questions about the day, their friends, and activity throughout the day. They will feel a sense of pride and begin to look forward to your daily talks. Don’t be too concern with conversation length, but rather to simply talk is enough – NOT by text, but rather using your voice.
3. Become a Study Buddy with your child. Always be willing to help students study for a test, go over notes, and ask questions about schoolwork. Any engagement in academics is useful for reinforcing information and in the child’s natural environment has been shown to aid in retention. Also encourage homework groups at your house to help get prepared for upcoming tests. Making a big deal out of upcoming exams can prove very powerful as your children get older and school work becomes more demanding.
4. Create a Friend List for ALL of your children. Peer pressure is as real today as it ever was. Even with the best of intentions, parents can find themselves on the outside looking in; as if your own child is a complete stranger. A friend’s list is a compilation of cousins, classmates, teammates, acquaintances, and those who have been in communication with your child outside of school hours. Feel free to ask your child for a list of friends and their phone number, but feel free to extract phone numbers as they come in. When your child is not at home at scheduled time, not where they’re suppose to be, or simply not responding to your phone calls – start at number one on the phone list. It’s a fool proof way to get automatic cooperation, especially from would be embarrassed teens.
Keep this list in a safe place, but bot visible for all to see. It’s to be considered a tool when and if your child has not been communicating with you effectively. The Friend’s list should be updated often to keep numbers fresh and accurate. If you keep it in your phone, be sure to have a hard copy in a safe place. Cell phones have been known to malfunction when you least expect it.
5. Provide or secure necessary resources for struggling students. If you are busy parent whose child has been identified as one who is in need od supplemental education services, don’t be too proud to reach out and find a tutor. You can begin your search right at your child’s school where there should be on-site resources, or a referral can be made.
Sometimes, you can go to a near college campus and post ads on bulletin boards to locate a tutor/mentor for your child. Depending on overall needs of the individual child, there are youth serving agencies in most communities on a mission to make learning simple & fun. A little research can go a long way.
For younger kids, a good resource may include youtube channels, like Crunch Bunch Kids – they make learning simple & fun, and also serves as alternatives to main stream radio. Here’s a link: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/109964216512834269447/10996421651283426944…
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