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8 ways to handle homework

Homework can become a dreaded chore or even a battle. Faced with increased homework demands, it’s tempting to ignore it or leave it to the last minute. That’s when the all too familiar cries of “I’m too tired”, “I don’t know what to do” echo from both your child and you.

However, with a bit of planning and routine, homework can be as easy as A,B,C…

8 ways to handle homework.

  1. Be committed, and your child needs to know that homework is non-negotiable.
  2. Plan out a homework routine. Try to do the same tasks at the same time each week. If your child is too tired after school try and use the morning to get reading and other tasks completed.
  3. Sit down and have a healthy snack and a chat before you start.
  4. Pick a good time, leave it if they are just too tired. It is a good idea to agree on another time as children are more willing if they know when homework is going to happen.
  5. Be prepared and organised. Know what your child needs to do before you sit down with them. Talk about how long the homework will take and have all the resources ready.
  6. If it is a homework-heavy week, split it into a few sessions (20-30 mins max).
  7. Develop independence. If some homework tasks are the same each week, it is a good way to build independence. Encourage your child to complete more of each task on their own.
  8. Tell them why. If you are unsure of the purpose of your child’s homework go and speak to their teacher. When children understand why they have been asked to do something they are more willing and engaged.

If you want to find out more about why tasks or set or about developing a homework routine we have a range of strategies and tools you can download.