Homework 101 with HOMER’s Peggy Kaye

Homework basics:
Set daily times for homework and vary that as little as possible. Establish one location to do homework every day. Build a homework routine!

How long should homework take?
The National Education Association recommends 10 to 20 minutes of homework a day for first graders, with a 10-minute increase each school year – meaning sixth grades might have an ho9ur of homework per day. If your child has a great deal more (or less) homework, consider talking to the teacher or principal.

Should you help?
It’s fine to help your child with work, but if you do so frequently (or if one topic seems especially challenging to your child), it’s best to let the teacher know.

First and Second Grade Tips
Make a 100 chart (10×10 squares), and after doing homework each day, have your child check off one square. For every 10 homework days, have a small celebration – a special treat for accomplishing so much. A celebration can be as simple as acknowledgement for their work. On the 50thday and the 100thday, do something very special to celebrate this milestone!

Third and Fourth Grade Tips
Typically, third and fourth graders have many rote memory tasks, such as memorizing multiplication and division tables. Instead of drilling through problems relating to memorization, try to make homework more fun! Use a checkerboard and tape math problems on the black squares. Play checkers as usual, EXCEPT you and your child have to solve each math fact before placing a checker on that square!

Fifth and Sixth Grade Tips
Before the school year begins, establish rules about what can and cannot happen before homework. Try ideas like doing homework before screen time, playing games, or building models. Reading, eating, or a chat while doing homework is fine, but all else can wait until homework is done and checked. This will help children stay focused and present during homework time!