Setting Up a Homework Routine
Determine a Homework routine
- Determine a consistent location in the house where homework will be done. This location will depend on your child and the set up of your family. Some students, especially as they get old, tend to prefer doing their homework in there bedroom (and actually get it done). However, other students need a quiet area where adults supervision or accessibility is more available, such as the dinning room or living room.
- Set up a homework station. After you determine a location, set up a station or a bin (for more central locations) that has all the materials necessary needed to complete homework. This may include pens, pencils, high lighters, paper, scissors, glue, crayons, etc. Consider keeping a bulletin board or calendar nearby to help students keep track of long-term assignments or upcoming tests.
- Determine a homework time. Ideally, it is a good idea to have your child do his or her homework at the same time every day. This will vary based on the needs of your kids. Some kids need a snack and 10 minutes to run around before they are ready to complete homework, while other kids complete work best when they are still in school mode. With that being said, completing homework at the same time every day is not always realistic for modern families. If you can't complete homework at the same time every day, have your child complete homework consistently based on routine. For instance, your child always completes there homework after arriving home and hanging up there coat, or after they eat a small snack. The best time will depend on your child. Some children need to have a rest after the school day before starting. For other children, it is a good idea to have them complete their homework while they are still in work mode, right after they get home from school. Just remember, the later they start, the more tired they will be. Kids needs A LOT of sleep so don't skimp on hours of sleep!
- Establish a daily homework schedule. With elementary school and middle school students, it is beneficial to begin the session with your child to draw up a homework schedule. This can help teach time management and organization skills! Have your child make a list of the assignments due for the night and predict how long each will take and what materials they will need to complete the work. Young children or children with weak executive functioning skills often struggle with a sense of time, which is a crucial time-management and life skill. Don't skip out on helping your child predict the amount of time each activity will take. For kids that need a visual, try using an anologe clock and putting sticky flags on the clock for the amount of time predicted to complete each task. If you don't have an anolog clock, or even if you do, but you want something a little easier and have an iphone or ipad try the 360 Thinking Time Tracker App ($2.99).