Children's Development

Homework Tips and Tricks

The primary purpose of homework is to reinforce the concepts taught in class. Homework offers kids another chance to practice skills. It highlights the importance of time management, organization, and independence. Homework allows parents and teachers an inside look to gauge comprehension.

The goal of homework is not to keep kids busy, but to assign purposeful tasks that strengthen understanding. Here are a few ways to support students at home so that the homework process goes as smoothly as possible!

Create an organized space that is dedicated to school business.

Stock the space with all of the supplies necessary to prevent running here and there to gather items. Whether it is permanent place or a tub that comes out only at homework time, make it kid friendly, kid sized, and appealing.

Help students manage their time and set realistic expectations.

Some kids like to get right to work as soon as they get home, while others need a few hours to decompress. Try out different timeframes and find the one the works best. Once you have an ideal schedule, make it part of the daily routine. Use a timer for breaks and to help stay on task.

Kids may need to be shown how to strategize and plan the homework session.

Would they like to start with a preferred activity? Or save the “easy” stuff for the end? Give them the tools to schedule their work sessions, such as a calendar or assignment planner. Support the work as needed, but let the finished product be the child’s effort. Do something fun when the job is done! Reward a job well done with an enjoyable task like outside play.

If the work load seems unmanageable, talk to the teacher. Ask how much time the teacher expects the child to be spending on outside work. If a student constantly struggles with time management and difficulty of assignments, it might be a good idea to see if there is something that could be impeding learning.

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.