Inside: Is your child struggling with homework? Do you need homework help for kids? Are you desperate to learn homework tips? This is what your child’s teacher wishes parents knew about homework.
9 Things Your Child’s Teacher Wants You To Know About Homework:
Do you dread doing homework now that your child has gone back to school?
Do you want to know the secrets behind homework that every teacher wishes parents actually knew?
Here are 9 things your child’s teacher really needs you to know about homework so you can help your child at home:
1. Homework should be an easy review.
I don’t send home new skills for students to learn at home. The homework I’ve sent is a review. Maybe we learned it today in class, maybe we did it a few weeks ago and I want to make sure they don’t forget about it.
Homework reinforces what we learn in class.
2. Use the homework to ask your child specifics about what they’re learning.
Again, homework reflects what we’re learning in class. So, if I send home a sheet about insects, ask your kids about insects. If a math sheet comes home about money, that’s what we’re working on. Start to count out your change with them.
3. Homework is a one way I communicate with you daily about how well your child is doing.
Because it’s what we’ve learned in class, if your child struggles with homework, they are struggling in class. If they breeze through their homework, they understand what is being taught daily.
So if you have to sit with your child in order for them to finish a math problem, they need adult help in class and may be falling behind their classmates.
4. If your child is really struggling to finish their homework, contact me.
I don’t want homework to be a struggle. I want it to be a quick reinforcer of what we’re learning, and then I want them to go play and spend time with their family. If homework is a true hassle—they’re giving it their best work and you’ve tried some tips and tricks to make it easier and it’s still ending in tears for you or for them—reach out to me.
We may be able to adjust the workload and get them the support they need sooner rather than later.
5. Turning in homework teaches students responsibility.
Homework is a simple way to teach responsibility to our students. I assign work, they complete it, and they remember to turn it in. The homework grade on their report card is really just another responsibility grade. In the early years of school, they’re going to need help to finish their assignments and put it in their backpack.
Practicing being responsible with their homework now sets them up to be both independent and responsible in middle school, high school, and college.
6. Please don’t do their homework for them.
I know your kid’s handwriting. I know if they can spell certain words. Please don’t do their work for them since that defeats the whole purpose. I expect to see age-appropriate writing, spelling, penmanship, and artwork.
Homework does not need to be adult-level perfect. It does however, need to be your child’s best work.
7. But please check their work and go over it with them.
Check their work, and their answers. Help them change letter and number reversals. Check their math problems and help them fix any mistakes. Have them add in periods and capitals to their writing.
Not only does it show them that we’re all a team in their learning and that you value their school work, but it helps them learn the concepts faster.
8. The most important homework I send home is reading.
If I’ve assigned your child to read for 20-30 minutes, please, please don’t skip it or skimp on it. As our kids learn to read in Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade, one on one reading time with an adult is invaluable. I don’t have time in class to listen to every child read to me for 30 minutes…I maybe listen to them read for 5 minutes per day.
9. We teach math differently than how we learned it when we were kids.
We’ve completely changed how we teach math with Common Core. You’ve probably heard, “That’s not how my teacher showed me how to do it.” To avoid confusing them and frustrating yourself, ask them to show you how they’ve learned it at school.
If they’re unsure or you need help with a specific type of problem, please reach out to me. I’m more than happy to explain it. It might even make more sense to you than our “old school ways.”
(And as a bonus, tip) 10: Know that I’m here to help your child succeed.
I’m clearly not in the teaching profession for the lucrative salary. I’m here because I love to help children grow, learn, and succeed. The days where kids “get it” and a concept “clicks” are my best teaching days. Those are the days that keep me going.
I want students to become better learners and homework is just one tiny piece of that puzzle.
I’m not trying to punish the kids or the parents with homework. I promise.
If you’re a teacher, what’s one thing you wish your students’ parents knew about homework?
If you’re a parent, what’s one thing you wish your student’s teachers knew about homework?