Make time to help your child with homework

Homework is an opportunity for pupils to learn and for parents to be involved in their children's education.

Homework is an opportunity for pupils to learn and for parents to be involved in their children's education.

A parent's interest can spark enthusiasm in a child and help teach the most important lesson of all - that learning can be fun and is well worth the effort.

Before discussing ways you can help your child with homework, it is important to discuss why teachers assign homework and how it benefits your child.

Teachers assign homework to, among several reasons, to help children:

l Review and practise what they've learned, and to get ready for the next day's class;

l Learn to use resources like libraries, reference materials and encyclopedias; and

l Explore subjects more fully than time permits in the class.

Homework also helps children develop good habits and attitudes. It can teach them to work independently; encourage self-discipline and responsibility.

Homework can also bring parents and teachers closer. Parents who supervise homework and work with their children on assignments learn about their children's education and school.

Homework is meant to be a positive experience and to encourage children to learn. It should not be used as punishment.

You can show that you value education and homework by:

l Setting a regular time: Finding a regular time for homework helps children finish assignments. The best schedule is one that works for your child and your family.

Picking a place: A study area should have lots of light, supplies close by, and be fairly quiet, but does not have to be fancy. A desk in the bedroom is nice, but for many youngsters the kitchen table or a corner of the living room works just fine.

l Removing distractions: Turn off the TV and discourage social telephone calls during homework time;

l Provide supplies and identify resources: Collect everything necessary for your child's maximum learning like pencils, pens, etc.

l Setting a good example: Children are more likely to study if they see you reading, writing and doing things that require thought and effort.

l Showing an interest: Make time to take your child to the library to check out materials needed for homework (and for fun too). -Kids Source