Good study habits can bring success and satisfaction during the school years. It is important for children to have unstructured time or creative play, which aids in the development of curiosity, creativity and cooperation.
The amount of time a child spends on homework varies according to grade. Parents should monitor their child's homework sessions to ensure that they are spending quality time.
The purpose of Homework
- To help promote self-reliance and responsibility
- To help students plan their time and meet commitments
- To provide individual study time of materials
- To review class work
- To develop study techniques
Homework in the primary grades might be thought of as "home support" or "home connection" because the involvement of a parent or a caregiver is so important to success. The principle focus is to develop literacy, numeracy, study skills, time and resource management, curiosity and self-confidence. In addition, this will enhance communication between home and school.
Here are a few suggestions:
- To provide positive reinforcement and encourage your child to be an independent learner
- Read to and with your child daily
- Ensure your child practices daily routines (i.e. emptying and filling school bag, home reading time)
- Help gather items for special class displays or projects
- Involve your child in simple mathematical activities (i.e. baking, counting, playing board and card games)
- Help with basic sight words to support reading and writing programs
- Support your child with his or her spelling programs
Homework can be an effective tool for intellectual development and academic learning. Students benefit most when homework is clearly understood by both students and parents. Homework is also more effective when it is actively supported in the home and regular communication occurs between students, parents and teachers.