Monday, September 12, 2016

7 Ways To Help Your Child With Homework & Free Printable

Now that school is in session, kids get homework which may be scary to them as well as parents.  My son and I had several meltdowns last year over homework due to the common core. All parents wonder how to help their kids with homework or how to get them to do it without meltdowns? 

Here are 7 ways to help your child with homework:

1.    Have a table and comfortable chair in a quiet space to do homework and study. 

2.   Limited distractions from the TV, telephone, iPod, computer and tablet. Make sure they are turned OFF when your child is doing homework or studying. Allow breaks in between and music as it helps to block other distractions, such as siblings talking.  

3.   Set a daily routine each day for homework, allowing for a snack time before getting started. 

4.   Make sure your child has all the school supplies they need such as pencils, crayons, scissors, notebooks, and papers.

5.  Help your child get organize by providing a calendar and folders for their papers and/or assignments.

6.  Read the comments the teacher makes on returned assignments.  As this will help you understand the homework expectation.

7.  If any problems with homework arise, contact the teacher for clarification. Write a note, that you had to help your child a lot with their homework and in what subject.  

Remember that having communication with your child's teacher is key for them to succeed.  When we do our kids homework, the teacher will not know where your child is struggling and in what area they need help in. We all want to help our children, however by parents doing it for them it can delay them. 


You can also try a reward as a positive reinforcement for doing all homework without complaining or getting a good grade on a test.  Stickers work for younger children however, my son is almost 10 and that doesn't work anymore. I have to be creative by allowing him an extra 30 minutes to stay up, or getting to pick a movie on demand for family movie night, or putting a price on getting an A=$5, B=$3, C=$1 for gift cards to game stop as an incentive.  My son loves video games.  



I've created a free Daily Routine Checklist printable in English and Spanish.  Just click the English or Spanish link of the one you want to print. It helps you set a routine system in your home. Leave me a comment if you have any additional tips or ways you help your kids with homework.
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32 comments:

  1. Great tips Anita! I definitely agree with all of them, having a quiet place to do homework in, having everything prepared before starting on the homework and no distractions!

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  2. Love these tips!! It really is crazy the amount of homework that kids get these days, I know we do a lot of this for my kids and their homework.

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  3. These are really helpful tips. I will share it to my brother whose little kiddo just started school!

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  4. I totally agree with limiting distractions and having a quiet place. Those are all great tips!

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  5. Such great tips! I am so glad we don't have homework yet, but we have a lot of things come home from school, and I always ask my daughter about them to get her used to having school conversations and memory recall!

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  6. I love these tips! My kids struggle with focusing after a long day, seems like the HW has been heavier this year.

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  7. These are great. Two weeks in and we are already having all sorts of homework problems

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  8. I'm going to print this off. My son has a tendency to forget stuff and this checklist would really help. My kiddo struggles at the end of the day to focus on his homework so usually we let him relax for a little while and then do what he needs to do after about a half an hour of relaxing.

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  9. Helping them with homework can take up a large portion of after school time. That was one of the reason we decided to homeschool. These are great tips and having all the supplies needed will save time.

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  10. My daughter started Kindergarten this year and she will have homework during the year. These are great tips. I love the idea of setting aside a dedicated desk and chair for her!

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  11. These are great tips! Homework can be difficult, especially for young kids who aren't used to it. The printables are certainly a big help!

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  12. These are fantastic tips for sure. Homework can be challenging for my youngest, he just despises school which I don't blame him - the teachers are changing and not nice like years back!

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  13. I love that printable! It's so fabulous that you have it in spanish and english too! Creating an evironment to learn is so important.

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  14. Those really are very good tips. I have one additional suggestion--the schools should give a class to the parents on HOW to do math the way it is taught today--that would alleviate a LOT of stress!!

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  15. Wow, I love your tips. This will come handy in the future! My son will be in school soon.

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  16. Great printable! We have a dedicated homework space too and it works very well. I could use some of the other tips as well.

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  17. Creating consistency is also another way to ensure these study times are met with the most impact. Great job Mom.

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  18. These printables are great. I sure could have used them back when my girls were young.

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  19. I love these tips!! This week has been rough with the real homework setting in for my sixtieth grader.

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  20. These are some wonderful tips and I agree setting a routine for you child is every important to make sure to keep them on track.

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  21. I think a good space to work in is key! Especially if its part of a routine. Kids respond so well to routines.

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  22. Great tips! My kids have been jam packed with homework since school started and can so use these print outs. Thanks!

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  23. These tips are great and I bet they really ease the daily homework routine. Helping them also keeps me sharp.

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  24. It would be nice to have TV time as a reward for them finishing assignment time. It's good to develop a nice routine on this.

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  25. These are all great ideas! My grandparents use to give us money for each A, B & C we got as well. It really motivated me and my two cousins.

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  26. Homework is such a hard thing for me, my husband is more of the homework helper.... this is great! These tips will be helpful! - jEANINE

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  27. Homework time drives us all crazy! Thanks for the tips!

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  28. Love your tips! My son is in the 3rd grade this year and homework has doubled from last year. Both of us are frustrated (more so me lol).

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  29. These are great tips, and I love the printables! Thank you!

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  30. These are all very helpful tips. Kids love order and a supportive hand when it comes to learning. My kids used all of these tips too.

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  31. These are great tips! I love it when we can give kids the tools to succeed!

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  32. Thanks for the tips! Homework is always a challenge in our home, and having these checklists really helps the kids take ownership over their responsibilities. Great to have it in Spanish too :)

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