Homework

United States
December 15, 2006 12:44pm CST
My daughter is only in the first grade, so she doesn't have homework very often. However, when she has it, she is happy to do it as long as there is not something else going on that she'd rather do. This is only the start of homework for her, over the years she will get more and more, so I'm worried on how to handle this. I want it to be a positive experience for her. How do you deal with homework at your house? Do you have any tried and true tips to pass along? What sort of schedule works best? Where is homework usually completed? How much time is spent on it?
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• United States
15 Dec 06
When my children get home from school they first eat a snack and get 30 minutes more or less to do whatever they want. Then they get sarted on their homework. We do homework at the kitchen table there's room for us all there. There's no tv distractions and when I need to start dinner I am still there if they need some help.
• United States
16 Dec 06
I think that makes it easier: having a routine that the kids know they must follow. Perhaps when your daughter doesn't have homework, you can substitute reading a book or coloring. Just define the time each day.
@paul8675 (750)
• Australia
15 Dec 06
I am a high school teacher, but I am not a great believer in homework. I see the students get stressed out of their brains with constant assignments and homework, and I see their social life badly affected. Surely there must be life outside school.
• United States
16 Dec 06
I am shocked you are saying this. Just yesterday they released statistics showing that children in the US are far behind the rest of the world, including Asia and Europe. Even countries we considered impoverished and greatly "behind" the US are demonstrating that they are more serious and preparing their children better to compete in a global economy.
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• United States
16 Dec 06
I have two school-age children, and homework has always been a challenging issue. I think that basically you are laying the groundwork for good study habits and self discipline far and above the actual work that they are doing. I make sure that they have a snack and then get to work right away so that we can get on with the rest of our evening. Of course, I musy cook while she is doing homework, so I have her working at the kitchen table so that I can supervise while I prepare dinner. If you are spending too much time on homework in the evening, say, over an hour, then you might want to talk with your child's teacher.
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@ownado (1680)
• Portugal
16 Dec 06
I think every kid likes doing something else instead of doing homeworks but it's normal that she's happy doing it when she has nothing else to do. I was like that too until I went to 5th or 6th grade and had to start studying instead of just do homeworks. When it comes to the obligation of studying to tests and things like that kids start to hate every work they have to do related to school (at least it was like that with me) but I got them all done before I went doing other things. You may speak to her and explain her that first she has to do homework because it's important for her to learn and once it's complete she can go do something else. And that's all I can tell you about it, hope it will be useful for you to help her.
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• United States
16 Dec 06
Good luck with this, I see many parents do homework with their kids in the waiting room before their piano or guitar lessons in my music lesson establishment. All the kids are always complaining, but they are all so buys these days, so many activities. When I was a kid it was one. And things were much less stressful, which made homework always fit into our nights
@Odawallie (128)
• United States
15 Dec 06
Most importantly, encourage her when she is doing it and tell her how proud you are that she is taking the intiative to do it on her own. Let her know that you are always there if she needs help with homework or studying. When she starts to get more homework teach her about priorities and how homework should always be done first before any other activity that way you can reward her for doing it.
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@limcyjain (3519)
• India
15 Dec 06
i have some isses attatched to homework, like watching tv and playing games. This helps. Over the years children realize that homework is meant for their well being.
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@alamsmom (38)
• United States
15 Dec 06
My Daughter is also in first grade - although she goes up to second grade for math. She gets homework three times a week. When she gets home from school she has a snack and starts it. If seh doesn't have any assigments then I have her read to me for 15 minutes and also we practice her math facts and her spelling words every day.
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• United States
15 Dec 06
Sit down with her while she is doing her homework and read a book, or draw, or something that is interesting to you. It will be a shared time between the two of you. Plus, if she has any questions regarding the work, you will be right there for her.
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@anna11292 (564)
• United States
16 Dec 06
My daughter too started first grade,But she gets homework every day. and I don't seem to have to much of a problem with it. I think my problem is she wants to do it as soon as she gets home.And it has to be done in that hour, or she will be pretty upset. I think if you set a time like after she eats a snack and you should sit with her and see if she would need any help. and just tell her the sooner she does she would not have to worry about it later that day. then she can do the things she enjoys. like watch tv,
@vipul20044 (5796)
• India
16 Dec 06
Hey dont fret your daughter is doing just fine if at this age she is taking so much innitiative in doing her homework think of it she will never back of And then there is this whole world each and every child has so much stress due to studies Its the same story everywhere but not many surpass the stress But be proud just give innitiative to your daughter, she can ofcourse do wonders!
• United States
16 Dec 06
I always set up an area for homework when my children were young (up to about age 10 or 11). When children are young they simply can not concentrate well when they hear other things going on in the house. So, I would have my girls do their homework in the kitchen table while I was cooking. This way I was right there to help them, but not breathing down their necks. You want the kids to do as much as they can without help, because they have to learn to work things out on their own in the classroom. I also allowed breaks if the child had more homework than they could do in 30 minutes. After 30 minutes of work, I would allow a 5-15 minute break to stretch, jog around, go to the bathroom, anything to relax the neck muscles.
@SplitZip (1489)
• Portugal
16 Dec 06
Unless you have an exceptionally gifted and nerdy child, you will never make homework a positive experience :) It's just a chore and usually a bore. It's meant to be that way. It teaches your kid to deal with the repetitive and dull chores she will have to deal with when she grows up. It's not a bad thing. Time spent on homework usually depends on the grade level, the type of work it is, etc. I think it would be nice if your child could come home from school, relax for an hour or so doing her favorite thing, then do her homework, then have a little fun again before going to sleep. What's popular these days, over here, are those after-school study centers for kids, where they do their homework with aid of teachers. Those can be costly though. But they can help kids improve and they get to do their homework with other kids... studying can be very lonely at times.
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
16 Dec 06
Right when your daughter gets home from school let her watch a 30 minute show, or relax for about 30 minutes. Then turn everything off and put toys away and all that good ole stuff. Then have her sit at the kitchen table or somewhere like that and have her do her homework. Homework should be done sometime after school. And turning off the TV and stuff will help her out, so she will have her full attention on homework, not something else. Just keep talking with her about this. Let her know that on days she has homework she can't watch TV or play with her toys until it's done. Good luck..
• United States
16 Dec 06
imean if homework is not done no playing and all i mean take away stuff and all is what i would do and all.
@maryannemax (12168)
• Sweden
16 Dec 06
when i was still in elementary, i love to play more than doing my homeworks. but my mom always explained to me that school and education come first before playing and having fun. she always tell me that i can have fun and do what i wanna do after i did my assignments. her promising me about fun later makes me more interested in finishing my assignments. she's always been there to back me up and help me out with my homeworks.
@jainajay (14)
• India
16 Dec 06
to let you doughter to do her homework you have to make some fairytale promises to her so that in getting that particular thing or person or anything else that you offered her she will complete her homework perfectly and effectivly on time
• India
16 Dec 06
sit with ur daughter when she is doing homework.that will help
• India
16 Dec 06
u r lucky enough to have a daughter like her.. be happy that she is showing interst on her home work . .. rather doin something else.. try to give her a commic or a story book to read when doesn't have a homework. so that it increases her reading knowldge the more book she read she becomes more knowledgable person.. in future u'll definately b proud of her. they way she would be..
@crystal8577 (1466)
• United States
16 Dec 06
I have 2 who have to do homework 4 days a wee. They are in Kindergarten & 2nd grade. My youngest only has a page or 2 at most. She sits at the table & does it as soon as she gets home before lunch. She usually knows how to do 90% of it on her own. My oldest does it as soon as she comes home. She either does it at the table or at the computer desk next to me. She rarely has questions & I just check it before it goes in her bag. It can take her about an hour to do it. She knows once it is done though she is free to go play & such.