Homework is what it says! Work we do at home. Homework takes what is taught in the classroom into the home for additional learning opportunities. Children at any age can learn this concept. More than this concept is the underlying reason teachers give homework; It is to help children to develop responsibility. It is practicing reading to doing math and its varying computations. Moreover, children learn another critical skill, managing time.
This is why teaching children good homework habits at an early age gives them an advantage that will reward them throughout their lives. Parents who partner with their children to accomplish homework are facilitators or parent coaches to the habits between school and home. While encouraging good homework habits such as setting time for homework, setting a place to do the homework, and removing distractions such as the TV, or watching Facebook begins to set the children up for success, it also builds trust and confidence in the child; A feeling of “I can do this”. Consequently, more than that it bonds the parent to child even further and leaves lasting memories for life.
In my children’s book, Have You Done Your Homework?, I draw on the creating good homework habits that stick for life. It really has my dad’s voice in it! He was the one who asked every day, “Have you done your homework?” He was the one who helped us with our homework at the kitchen table, he was the one who went through the math problems with “mini” manipulatives from the kitchen. Those manipulatives helped me learn sorting and organizing. He was the one who made us re-do our homework page neatly so that homework page was something we could be proud of each day. My momma was dad’s support. She took us to the library to check out books to read and made sure that she asked us questions about the stories.