Homework. Our kids all get it. Some do their homework with ease. They independently get their homework out, complete it and return it to school without much effort or help from parents. Other children may struggle with homework. Maybe they struggle to remember to do their homework. Maybe they struggle to do it. Maybe they do their homework but struggle to get it back to school or any other combination of things doing homework can cause a child.
Believe it or not homework is the topic of much debate among teachers. Teachers question…Should we give homework? Should we not give homework? Is homework valuable? Is homework pointless? Is homework necessary to facilitate learning? Does homework squash children’s love for learning? Does homework improve student’s learning?
Like the historical nature vs. nurture debate, there are strong and passionate debates for both sides of the homework debate as well. For every wonder, question or doubt if homework is beneficial, there is strong research and information to support (at certain grades) giving homework. For every wonder, question or doubt if homework is not beneficial there is equally compelling research and information to support it.
So what now?
While the great debate continues (and will probably never really be solved) here are things parents can do to ensure their child is successful when homework comes home….
- Develop an after school homework routine (quiet spot, with their materials,
- Be involved in your child’s homework time while fostering independent homework completion skills (provide guidance not answers)
- Stay informed (on what is being taught at school and on educational issues)
- Stay involved
- Educate yourself on the positives and negatives of homework
- Include the learning your child does in school in the everyday activities at home
Remember, if you have questions about the homework, ask the teacher. If the homework is becomes too difficult or too easy, talk to the teacher about it. Most of all, ask questions when you have them and keep the lines of communication open with teachers to ensure your child’s success!
Carrie Baughcum is the momma of two keep you on your toes amazing girls, a wife, mismatch sock wearer, doodler, and a learning enthusiast. She is also a Special Education teacher of 16 years who believes that all children can learn, we just have to find out how. Carrie started the Parent Zone with Teachcow.com as a place where parents can connect and learn from other parents and educators because together we are capable of anything! You can find Carrie here at the Parent Zone and you can also see what else she is up to at her blog carriebaughcum.com where she thinks life, learning and doodles are Heck Awesome.