Kids Homework: How to get children to do their homework.
It depends on what grade your child is in. Points suggested going by National Education Association guidelines: 10-20 minutes per night in the first grade, and an additional 10 minutes per grade.
Take an active interest in your child’s homework. Get them to show you what they have done at school and ask them to explain projects and assignments. Encourage them to show you their work. Give constructive criticism and praise as appropriate and try to establish a good work ethic that will motivate your child later on in life.
Remember, if most homework requires help from adults, kids don’t get the chance to feel the joy of independence from doing it on their own. When little kids master a task on their own, they cry out: “Look, Mommy, I did it!” (Remember those sweet moments?) That’s what kids should feel when they do homework. (How to Cut Homework Time In Half).
Sit with your child, review the work, encourage and help (but don’t you dare do the homework yourself!). If you must get things done, at least park your child in the same room so you can answer questions as you make dinner, pay bills or Twitter.
The First Law of Homework: Most children do not like to do homework. Kids do not enjoy sitting and studying, at least not after having spent a long school day comprised mostly of sitting and studying. So give up your desire to have your child like it. Focus on getting him or her to do it. The Second Law of Homework: You cannot make your child.
For me, homework immediately conjures up images of the struggle to get the right assignments written down and all the right materials home to do the work. I can't tell you how often I have been.
When your child would rather be hanging out with friends, homework can be the ultimate drag. But those extra minutes and hours logged at home can help your kid get a leg up in the classroom.