With the start of the school year now upon us, many parents will find themselves facing an all too familiar battle with their children. How do I get my child to do his homework? Encouraging children to take school seriously and give it their all can be accomplished, but it takes an honest and consistent effort on the part of the parents as well.
A simple way to start is with a Homework Chart designed to encourage the younger children (early to middle Elementary years) to finish their work. Each night parents should make time to sit down with the child and go over any assignments the child may have had. If all of the work is finished, parents can praise the child and then put a sticker on the Homework Chart. This is generally an exciting way to get younger children in the habit of getting their work done. And it is also a good way for parents to get in the habit of spending time with the child to let them know that they care about their success and will be consistent with following up on school work to be sure it is done.
For older children, a great tool to use is a Homework Planner. A simple one page Homework Planner is a great way for children to write down homework for the day and then check it off when it is completed. Some schools provide some type of planner to each student at the beginning of the year. Again, it is important for parents to spend some time each evening going over the planner to show the child they are going to be involved and will consistently check to see if daily assignments are completed.
I will cover other school related topics in future posts but hopefully these tools will help kick the school year off to a good start!