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Homework Success Tips


Welcome to part 3 of my Spring Break series. If you've missed out on the other two parts you can check them out here. Questions You Should be Asking Your Child's Teacher and Parent Teacher Conference Tips. Today I want to focus on that dreaded word that kids just seem to hate these days, HOMEWORK! Homework is an important part of your child’s education. Teachers send home practice pages for students to work on so that they can learn to master the skills needed for a successful educational career. Unfortunately, homework can feel like work for kids, which can make them dislike it. If you want your child to be successful at homework, check out these tips.


Make It Fun

Homework doesn’t have to be dull. In order for your kids to be successful with their homework, give them strategies to make it more fun. If they have to memorize multiplication facts, teach them a rap song that uses the times table. If they have to study for a history exam, play a game in which clues are given and they have to guess the historical event. The more fun you make it, the more likely it will be that your kids enjoy doing their homework and put in a better effort.

Make It A Habit

If your kids have the choice between doing homework and playing outside, which do you think they would pick? In order to make your kids successful at homework, teach them that homework is a daily part of their routine. The moment they get home from school (or any other time you choose as homework time), they should sit down at a desk or table and work on anything that has been assigned. Even though your kids might not want to do it at first, as soon as it’s a habit, they sit down and do homework without even thinking about it. 

Get Help

If your kids are working on assignments and you feel like you don’t have the skills needed to help them, don’t be afraid to find help. Check with your family members and see if any of them would be willing to help explain that tricky math concept or write that essay. If they don’t have the skills needed, you might want to think about hiring a tutor. If you don’t have the money for a professional tutoring service, try finding a college student who is working to become a teacher and hire them to work with your child. Finding someone to help your children will give them the skills they need for homework success.

Let's discuss: What are your best homework success tips? 

Annmarie John
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  1. My kids hate homework and there have been times I've asked if they've gotten homework and been told no. I've now had to check backpacks because they lie about it. It sure isn't fun and these tips may help them enjoy it a bit more.

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    1. Oh you're talking about my youngest right there. He always has some excuse about why he has no homework then I get an email saying he's "missing" the homework he never had. I've been checking now too because I no longer trust him when he says no.

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  2. I always LOVED homework for some reason when I was a kid and it's mainly because my mom made it so much fun. Since my mom's a teacher, she always new fun ways to encourage my sister and I to want to do our homework.

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    1. And that's how you're supposed to do it. I never minded it but these days it seems like the kids get quite a ton of it and it's no fun at all. Making it fun is a great way to instill a love of homework.

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  3. Homework is a major struggle here, but it's mostly because it's common core and I can't help the kids with the problems in math they don't understand.

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    1. Common Core is such a struggle isn't it? You may want to hire a tutor for math.

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  4. Oh the joys of parenting... somedays I have to google how to do something so I can actually help them.
    I recruited my oldest to help me do my homework (I was taking a hygiene course and the math was HARD) so I guess it all woks out in the end!

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    1. Oh no joke about some of the homework the kids get these days. You sometimes need outside help to get it done.

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  5. In first grade we get a homework folder on Monday, and we have until Friday to do it. At first, we'd only ever do it on Thursday night. I admit it! Lately, we spread it out over a week. It's really not much. Not more than 15-20 minutes a whole week. I know it will get much worse so we want to feel prepared.

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    1. Oh that is the best way to get it done. I can imagine doing it all in one night can also be stressful so spreading it out is a great idea.

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  6. Making homework fun can make a big difference. My kids were always more interested in learning if we made it entertaining,

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    1. I think most kids are that way. If it can be turned into a game, they'll be all over it.

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  7. We aren't doing homework yet, but I will keep these tips in mind. I always hated homework, but I think if my parents had approached it differently it might not have been so bad.

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    1. It really all depends on how you first start out doing homework. If your parents had made it fun it might have been different for you.

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  8. I used to hate homework as a child- I just wanted to be doing something else other than more homework.

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    1. You sound a lot like me. I used to hate it myself so I decided to make it different for my own kids.

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  9. Great suggestions! Something I found useful when I was teaching music--incorporate movement to give little brains a break. Sitting still and concentrating for 5-10 minutes can be difficult for little ones, and I found incorporating a movement activity (singing a song with motions, just simply moving to a different spot in the room for the next activity, switching topics, etc.) worked wonders.

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    1. That is surely a great idea indeed. Little breaks can truly help and incorporating music can help.

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  10. My homework tip would be to have them go through their work completely before they ask you a question about one of the problems. 9 times out 10, they end up figuring out what they didn't understand as they go through it. Otherwise they are coming out of their room every 5 minutes asking a question.

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    1. That is a great tip indeed. My kids know not to ask until they've tried it a few times.

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  11. Making it a habit it probably really important. Those habits will carry over when they're on their own in college.

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    1. That is true and by then the homework becomes even harder.

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  12. I hate helping my first grader. Sometimes her homework stumps me!

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    1. Oh I have no idea why homework became so difficult and even for first graders, that in itself stumps me.

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  13. As a teacher I absolutely loved coming across this post. Homework is designed to be an extension of learning, and your tips will make it a positive experience.

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    1. Thank you Amanda. It really is a way to reinforce what the kids have learned at school.

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  14. Thanks for the good advice here.
    I will be passing this onto my sister, who has a seven year old daughter.

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  15. I just can't believe my Kindergartener has homework at her age! We do try to make it a game.

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    1. I can't believe that they're giving kid that young homework either. I thought Kindergarten was supposed to be fun but it's no longer that way.

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  16. Oh homework UGH!!!! Homework is a very stressful time in our home. Our son is in sixth grade and homework just isn't the same all these years later. I'm looking forward to summer vacation so I can get a break from the homework.

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    1. Even with our summer break I still give my kids work to do so they can keep their skills in place.

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  17. My best homework tip is a part of one you mentioned. Do your homework immediately especially on Fridays so you get to enjoy the rest of the evening.

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    1. Oh yes that is a must in my house. No homework done, no fun until it's done so they usually get to it right away.

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  18. Thanks for sharing these useful tips. I think its a great way to make leaning more fun
    ===rika===

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  19. I will definitely have to bookmark this. My little girl isn't quite homework age yet, but I know she'll be there in a blink of an eye!

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    1. Before you know it she'll be on her way to college and the work just gets harder so start early.

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  20. These are great tips! Especially keeping it fun. I have a four year old and I've been getting her ready for Kindergarten. She's much more likely to absorb the information if I make it fun and exciting.

    Great post! Thanks for the tips :)

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    1. Oh she most certainly will and that's how you get it done. Keep it engaging.

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  21. Nice tips on this HW subject... I do believe making it a good habit is very important! So far my kids are in Kindergarten and 1st grade, no problems yet with their HW, they think it's fun! I hope it stays that way for as long as possible : )

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    1. And I hope it does as well but as it gets more difficult unfortunately their interest wanes.

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  22. These are great homework tips. My kids were pretty good with homework. They would sit at the table after school and get it out of the way.

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    1. And that's great. Not much kids do that, most of them would like to pretend they don't have any or wait til the last minute.

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  23. Great homework tips! I try to make it fun above all else!
    Cathy

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    1. And that is great, and the way you should do it.

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  24. I don't remember having homework until middle school. My son is in the second grade and he comes home with so much. It's a bit of a learning experience for me too since I'm having to practice my French again. Asking for help is so important and nothing to be ashamed of. My sister helps sometimes with the reading homework and papa helps with the math.

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    1. Oh it truly is nothing to be ashamed of. I sucked at science big time so when my kids did science I always told them not to look to me for help because I had no idea what I was doing. I had to get a tutor.

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  25. I think asking for help is so important. I actually have a tutoring business and it's so nice being able to teach the kiddos the things that they missed in class or what their parents can't help them with. Sometimes one-on-one instruction is so much better!

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    1. And it is. The schools also offers tutoring after school here and I had to do it with my kids for science.

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  26. Making homework a fun time is something that I try to do with my son every day. It can be a daunting task, and when playing a game with some of the math that he has to do can make it that much better.

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    1. Sometimes that's all they need to encourage them, making it fun.

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  27. I never minded homework as a kid but when I started having to help my kid with homework, I felt cheated. I'd already done 16 years of my own!

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    1. Lol, maybe you can just get a tutor to help so you won't have to do much.

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  28. I don't think anyone ever really enjoys homework, unless it's one of those really fun projects. I like to keep my kids active with their homework by playing fun music while they work, and offer snacks to keep them full with fuel.

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    1. And you seem to have your kids and homework help down. You've got this!

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