Knowing how to support your child with their homework can be tricky. It can cause tension and can feel like a chore to both the child and the parent. To help you, we have put together a few tips that should make homework more manageable and less stressful for the whole family.
Where to do homework can be a challenge. It is important that the right environment is created so that your child can achieve their best. Here is a check list of things to think about:
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The most important thing you can do to help your child succeed is to encourage them to read every day. It can be difficult to know how to support your child with their reading so here are a few tips to help you:
1) Choose an appropriate time – often just before bed with no distractions.
2) Encourage your child to read with expression – how would the character say that?
3) Support your child with reading to the punctuation – make sure they pause appropriately at full stops and start a new sentence after taking a breath.
4) Sometimes it is nice for us to read to our children – you can model good reading by using expression and reading to the punctuation.
5) Talk about what has been read – why did the character do that, do you think? What might happen next? How did they solve the problem?
Use this time to help develop your child’s love of books. A child who reads regularly will be more likely to succeed in life.
What else can you do?
There may be times when your child struggles to complete their homework. At these times, please let your child’s teacher know so they can go through it with them if needed.
Your child has a homework diary where a daily list of what they need to complete is written. This diary is the ideal place for you to communicate with us if your child is having problems. You can also write in this diary if your child didn’t have time to do homework one night – e.g. they had swimming after school or were visiting friends, etc. So long as they complete their homework regularly, the odd night here and there won’t matter!