Over the next five weeks, we will discuss applying skills to help students reach the goal of having the "Best School Year Ever Doing homework regularly is an important part of having a successful school year. Taking time now, at the beginning of the year, as a family to discuss good homework habits can help students reach that goal and set them up for success.

Deciding as a family which homework habits will help your student reach their goals is a valuable step. It’s important to know that every child is not the same when it comes to doing homework and no one plan will work for all students:
 

When does your child do their homework? It’s important to know that everyone is not the same when it comes to doing homework, and no one plan will work for all students.
• Some kids can do homework as soon as they get home from school.
• Some kids might need a snack first and then do homework.
• Some kids need to recharge their batteries after school, taking 30 minutes of free time before doing homework.
• Not everyone can stay focused for the same period of time. While some may be able to sit down and finish their homework others will need breaks. Working for 30 minutes on homework, taking a 10 minute break, then working for 30 minutes more might be the solution.

Where does your child do their homework?
• Having a specific place to do homework
helps to establish a routine.
• Having as few distractions as possible helps us to focus. This might mean keeping the TV off or working in a quiet part of the house.

School Success Tips

Establish & Write Out a Daily Routine
Write out a schedule with the time your child will get up, eat breakfast, leave for school, & what time they'll get home, have dinner, do homework, & go to bed. Post this on your refrigerator or use a small white board. Create a bedtime habit, so that it becomes virtually automatic. Start early to allow your child to get enough sleep. End the day with low energy activities like reading.

Establish Great Homework Habits
Have a set time and a quiet place for your child to do homework. Encourage them to do their best work & ask questions when they need help.

Share at Home
Ask your children what they learned in school, and what was their favorite part of the day. Give them your full attention. Compliment them when they do a great job & acknowledge their achievements.

Encourage Positive Relationships
Be supportive of friendships with kids who have good character & good habits. Gently discourage relationships with kids who might have a negative influence.

It takes a supportive team to be successful, and we thank you for letting us work with you and your family in reaching your goals.

 

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