Here are some tips for surviving the weekly/daily struggle of getting your kids to do their homework:
- Remember, it is their homework. Part of being a student is learning to be responsible for doing homework. If your child relies too heavily on you to start, complete and finish their homework, then they will not be learning to be responsible for this aspect of their learning.
- Make a set time and organise a set space in the house with minimal distractions in which to complete homework.
- Have a built-in reward system for completing homework. *Extra tip* – let your child choose the reward so that you know they really want it and the younger the child, the more immediate the reward should be.
- Don’t let homework drag on for too long. Refer to the guidelines below for how long it should take to complete homework based on your child’s age. These are a rough guide, but your child’s school should be able to provide you with a copy of their homework policy which should include their specific expectations.
Homework Time Guidelines
Prep – 10 minutes/day which may consist of reviewing sight words or reading
Year 1 to 3 – 20 minutes/day or up to 1 hour/week
Year 4 to 5 – no more than 2-3 hours/week
Year 6 to 7 – no more than 3-4 hours/week
Year 8 to 9 – no more than 5 hours/week
Year 10 – 12 – will vary depending on student’s study path
*A special note for parents of students with disabilities or learning difficulties: If your child is operating below their year level and they are on a modified program, then their homework should reflect this. In other words, their homework should match the work they are given in class and not be the same as everyone else’s.