HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH HOMEWORK: SHOULD PARENTS HELP WITH HOMEWORK? It is estimated that Parents can spend at least 6 hours a week in helping their children with their homework. If you show interest and give support early on, it will encourage your child to develop positive attitudes to learning, in and out of school. You will benefit too. You’ll get to know your child's particular strengths and difficulties and you will also find out what your child is studying. Our school will also gain by having motivated pupils and well-informed parents who are fully involved with their children’s education. As your child gets older, of course, there is a need to become more independent. Helping your child to get organised, providing equipment and a quiet place to work and offering lots of encouragement will ensure the right start. We will issue your child with a homework diary where children write down what they have been set and when it is due in. You should check it and sign it every day. HOW YOU CAN HELP: Nominate somewhere at home as a homework area. It needs a flat surface, a good light source and resources such as pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, glue and dictionary to hand. Set up a daily routine. Plan a homework timetable so you both know what your child needs to know and when. It’s a good idea if your child has a break and something to eat before starting on homework. Ask your child to explain the homework and how it follows on from what they are doing in school. Be interested and be on hand to talk to your child on what they have learnt so far. Help your child to be an independent learner by explaining how to locate words in a dictionary rather than just giving an answer to finish quickly. Don’t be tempted to teach your child the methods that you used in school. Turn off the television so there are no distractions. Use your child's homework diary to note down any difficulties or to praise your child on what they have done. Don’t let homework become a chore. Make it a special time that you both look forward to.