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Managing Homework

Homework is a daily, year-round activity for many students. As children progress through the grades, the homework reading load increases along with expectations for learning. Some children are quick readers who enjoy having opportunities to read a wide variety of books for homework assignments. Other students struggle to read and find homework a stressful and unpleasant chore.

Family time and extra-curricular activities compete with daily homework assignments. Many families end up using weekends to complete homework projects that require long blocks of time for reading, research, purchasing materials, and conducting experiments. Many schools send home required summer reading lists, making homework a part of life all year long.

You can help children manage their homework with the 3 Tís: time, things, and thoughts.
Here is a list of 10 ideas for managing the homework load:
Homework is not designed to be a punishment. Research shows that homework can have a direct, positive effect on student achievement. Homework gives students the opportunity to practice and master skills, and helps develop independent work habits and responsibility.

As a parent you can encourage and expect your childís best effort, and at the same time, help your child find the right balance between homework and downtime.

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