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Back into the school routine yet?

Posted on: Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Its official – the school year for 2011 -2012 is in session! Hopefully everyone’s first day jitters are over.  Maybe homework has already been assigned and the routines that we’ve talked about in earlier blogs have been established. We hope they are having a positive effect in keeping stress to a minimum in balancing the family’s busy schedule.

Here is a quick check list to make sure you have all the bases covered and to help keep everyone smiling.

  • Have your child create and maintain a calendar of daily activities
  • Decide when homework will be done each day and add it to the calendar
  • Establish a comfortable and quiet place for homework
  • Discuss assignments before the kids get started
  • Consider letting your child select what assignment to start with
  • Decide together how much time to spend on each assignment before checking back with you (consider using a timer if it will help)
  • Remind your children to check their work before they show it to you

Tips for Reading Homework using READS

  • Select a question card and discuss the question with your child before beginning the 20 minutes of reading time
  • Set a timer
  • Have the child go to their reading nook where it’s comfortable and quiet
  • At the end of the allotted reading time have the child answer the selected question.  Use the READS Parent’s Manual as a guide to determine if your child answered the question correctly
  • Once you and your child agree that the reading homework was done correctly add a sticker to the reward chart

Homework time can be the perfect opportunity to help your children on the path to becoming more independent.  By guiding them through the routine, they will begin to realize that they are a part of the process and begin to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.

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