Students are expected to finish their work at school. Their time outside of school should be devoted to being a child, exploring the wonders of the world around them and following their passions.
However, there will be times that your child will be expected to do work at home. This will include project work and larger assignments. It will also include weekly work that is not finished by the due date.
Upper Elementary students are expected to follow through with commitments and be responsible for completing their work in a timely manner. Keep in mind that time management is a challenging skill to develop. It will take time and practice. We will work on time management skills at school but it would be very helpful if you could support your child at home as well. Work on Your Time Management Skills (Scholastic worksheet for students)
If your child is struggling with meeting deadlines, please remind them that they can speak with me. I will be more than happy to help them make a plan to get their work done. I am also open to making modifications to the assignment to better suit their needs.
How to Support Your Child at Home with Their School Work
- Be positive!
- With your child, create a study space that is organized and well lit. Building Your Study Zone (Scholastic worksheet for students)
- Make sure that they have the supplies they will need such as paper, pencils and erasers.
- Observe your child, when is the best time for them to do homework? Morning? After school? After dinner?
- Turn off the TV, music and the computer (unless being used for research). Turn off any distractions.
- Make homework part of the family routine. They can do their homework and you can do any work that needs to be done around the house or that you’ve brought home from work or even just sit down with a book. Model good work habits for your child.
- Be available for emotional and academic support.
- Provide guidance, not answers.
- Find out what type of learner your child is. What study skills are best for them?
- Help them learn to break down their work into manageable pieces.
- Talk about what is easy homework and what is hard homework. Encourage them to do the hard work first when their energy level is the highest.
- Be encouraging!
My Child’s Learning: A Parent Resource from the Alberta Government
Homework Tips for Parents from the US Government
Engaging Learners in Your Classroom (written for teachers but also useful for parents about how to engage different types of learners)