Monday, November 28, 2011

Homework without Headaches workshop

Our school is having a workshop tonight dedicated to 3rd and 4th grade students who want help with their homework and how to most effectively complete it without the headache!

Some of the most important points in creating a positive environment for the student are the following:

-Create an "office" for the student-a place to call their own. Have the child set it up the way THEY like it!
-Build a "tool kit" of things they will need to succeed; this may include scissors, pencils, tape, erasers, etc.
-Have a HEALTHY snack! This could be any fruits, vegetables, granola bars, yogurt, or popcorn.
-Remind the child of the ME in hoMEwork! It is their own work to do, not the parent, or teacher.
-Allow a SHORT break during homework time, to get any extra energy out. This could be 10 jumping jacks, running in place for a minute.

In order for students to be the best they can be, we need to encourage independence and give them an environment at home to do that.

I definitely encourage others to consider creating a workshop to help both parents and children with the topic of homework. It can benefit home life and school life and make the job of the parent and the student easier!

This questionnaire below might be a great way to start off your workshop to get a feel for how each student is doing with their homework.