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Homework Help for Kids (page 2)

Homework Help for Kids

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Updated on Jan 11, 2013

Be aware of and encourage attention and focus. Students who take longer to complete homework are often frustrated because they genuinely don't know what to do, or they're not focused on the task. You may need to break longer assignments down into more manageable pieces and remove toys or cell phones until homework is finished.

One size doesn't fit all! A homework assignment that takes one child five minutes to finish will take another child much longer. Use the 10-minute rule described above. If your child's homework routinely doesn't allow for completion in the amount of time that's appropriate for his grade level, make an appointment with the teacher and discuss the problem. Teachers will often individualize assignments in order to meet the needs of the learner if they know about the problem. Most teachers would say that it's better to leave an assignment unfinished than to stay up past bedtime to complete it. Remember, not all learners are created equal. It's okay to ask the teacher to modify homework assignments for your child if he routinely struggles.

Finally, don't fight the homework battle. Most teachers have a homework policy that includes consequences for missed assignments. If you've tried everything and your child still won't do the work, send the teacher an email explaining your struggles and let your child accept the consequences at school for his decision.

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