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Homework Help

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When your child was in first grade, homework was first. Then reality set in. It's not going away. As long as they're in school, they ALWAYS will be doing homework.

Is your child's homework a stressful nightly event at your house? Don't let it be! Most kids have difficulty with their homework from time to time. But you can help make it less traumatic by creating a positive routine around homework, and by encouraging your kids to use enjoyable and easy techniques to help them study. With practice and structure, homework time can be a positive experience for all of you!

Look for ways to make learning fun, while accomplishing the assignments. You may find that your kids learn more when they don't realize they are learning. Use practical everyday examples to help them learn. Take them along when you go to the grocery store. They can help figure out which sale item is a better deal. Let them bake with you. They'll probably forget they're doing fractions if it involves making brownies.

While homework can be frustrating for you and a struggle for your children, keep in mind, it is a valuable tool that goes far beyond classroom learning. It may be a chore, but it's an important aspect of your child's life.

By helping your kids establish a homework routine, they are creating the discipline and laying an important foundation necessary to navigate through years of required assignments and study hours and to reinforce classroom learning.

Make sure to support, encourage, and assist him if needed. If he knows you care, he will have a good reason to complete assignments and turn them in on time.

Why does your child need to do homework? In the early elementary grades, homework helps children develop good habits and attitudes. From third through sixth grades, small amounts of homework, gradually increased each year, may support improved academic achievement. In seventh grade and beyond, students who complete more homework score better on standardized tests and earn better grades, on the average, than students who do less homework. The difference in test scores and grades between students who do more homework and those who do less increases as children move up through the grades.

What's the right amount of homework? National Education Association along with the National PTA recommends 10 minutes of homework per night for each grade level. Thus, a first-grader gets a total of 10 minutes, a second-grader 20 minutes, a third-grader 30 minutes, and so on, not to exceed two hours per night total in high school.

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