Making homework a positive and productive experience is something every parent aims for.
According to a recent survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid for Kumon Math and Reading Centres, if parents take the time to teach their child to actively ask for homework support, it can help them improve academic performance and enjoy a more rewarding homework experience.
According to responses from more than 1,200 Canadian parents, more than half of the children who actively engage their parents in homework support perform at an average to above average level at school.
Also, children who engage their parents in the homework process enjoy more dynamic support. From monitoring homework progress to discussing the assignment (both 75 per cent), these children turn what can be a source of stress into an interactive, two-way dialogue about learning, creating a more rewarding and enriching homework experience.
Demonstrating an interest in your child’s homework and offering support is not the same thing as completing assignments for your child. Here are some key tips on finding that balance, from Kumon Math and Reading Centres:
Know the homework policy
Ask about the kinds of assignments students are expected to complete, the anticipated length of time it takes to complete assignments, and the expectations for parent involvement.
Establish a routine
This means determining a regular time each day in a distraction-free environment with all of the tools and resources at hand, such as pens, pencils, paper, ruler, scissors and a dictionary.
Reinforce study habits
Help your child to structure his or her time before assignments are due. Discuss the steps that are required and map it out with respect to the amount of time it will take to complete the assignment.
If you are not available, ensure that someone is available and follow up with your child by asking about his or her homework.