The goal: to help children focus and learn better once they’re back in class.
“You start putting 15 minutes of what I call reboot into these kids every so often and …
Sometimes they come inside on their own, sometimes I have to call them in, but either way, they are significantly more compliant when I tell them to start their homework.
They might complain or roll their eyes, but we no longer have pitched battles about the relative injustice of homework.
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60% of parents today think that their kids receive a fair amount of homework.At the beginning of the school year, I set a routine for my kids when they came home from school.They were to get a snack, then immediately sit down at the kitchen table to complete their homework before playing outside.The time they spend learning leaves them without other important activities.Parental involvement in homework is what can help a child to understand specific concepts better.And they complete their work much more quickly than before, often finishing it up about the same time that they finished their homework before Christmas — which proves that starting their homework before playing really wasn’t the best strategy.I’m lucky to have my kids at schools that understand the value of unstructured play, offering my kids several recesses a day to play 4-square or Ga Ga Ball with their friends.Experts in the field of college education recommend assigning tasks that will take no more than 2,5 hours per day.While in elementary school no homework is recommended at all, the amount increases with every new academic level.Middle & high school students may lack independence and critical skills, and these groups of kids are the ones who require some assistance with their tasks.They miss the point that their parents are not Jacks of all trades.