Oftentimes homework is fairly light the first few weeks of school, but moves into full gear in September. Here are some hacks to help your children–and you–tackle homework!

  • Have a designated space in your home for homework.
  • Have a designated time when homework is done each day and post a schedule in an easy to see location in your home (this is especially helpful if homework time changes each day due to after school activities).
  • Make sure you have all the supplies you need before you begin homework. (Paper, pencils, scissors, crayons, glue sticks, protractor, calculator, etc.)
  • Plan a short activity like a snack or play time before beginning homework.
  • Start each homework session with a clean and tidy work space.
  • Be available to help with homework, but also give your children space to figure it out on their own and let them take the initiative to ask for help when they need it.
  • Complete homework in intervals: 10 minutes of homework, 2 minute break, repeat.
  • Teach your child to speak up. Many teachers offer extra help before or after school, or even during the school day. If your child is struggling with a certain subject, encourage them to ask for help.
  • Contact your child’s teacher to find out what language the teacher is using about this subject, so that you can use the same language at home and everyone supporting your child is on the same page.
  • Contact your child’s Triple P trained school counselor and ask them to meet with you concerning Triple P’s recommended tips for successful homework time.
  • Tried and true homework help website: Khan Academy    https://www.khanacademy.org/