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From the Principal...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:25 AM

Patrick Duffy

Now that we are beginning week four of school, it may be helpful to think about the routines you have established for homework at your house. With a 1st and 3rd grader of my own, I am often looking at ways to balance our family fun time and the need for consistent messages regarding school work. It is important to find a balance and, perhaps, a blending of the two that helps promote a love of learning. If you find yourself in this situation, some of these ideas I have heard from various parents may be helpful.

  1. Have a regularly scheduled time and place for doing homework. It may take some trial and error to figure out what time of day is best for your child, but when you've decided on the time let your child know that this time will be devoted to doing school work each and every day. Even if there is no homework from school, it may be a time when your family decides upon some learning goals that you have determined.
     
  2. Make yourself available and talk with your child as part of the routine. For some children, homework needs to be a solitary and often silent thing. For others, collaboration and discussion with someone who is learning along side them will help them thrive. You don't want to do the work for her, but you can provide guidance or even ask some clarifying questions to spark deeper understanding – just being in the same room sometimes helps students feel comfort.
     
  3. Stop and read. A number of families set aside time each week to sit in a room together and have family reading time. Finding reading that is leveled appropriately and interests your child would be important to have available. If you are not sure, you can always ask a teacher for examples of books that are appropriate for your child.

Hopefully, some of these ideas are helpful or affirming to what you already do in your family. If you have other ideas that work well for your learner, feel free to pass them on!

Sincerely,
Patrick Duffy, Ed. D.