How much homework is too much? Today educators recommend not more than twenty minutes of homework for the first couple of years in elementary school, and forty years through the later years of elementary school. Whether your child goes to public school, or is homeschooled, here are some homework strategies to help your day go a little bit easier.
1. Set a regular time.
I know this sounds cliché, but it is super necessary! As a mom of four (yes, I homeschool all of them!) A good schedule means everything -including keeping my sanity!
2. The best spot.
Location isn't really important, however the comfortableness of your child is! Make sure there is good lighting, access to supplies, and quiet time.
3. Lose the distractions.
I mean think about it - can you concentrate on bills when your two year old is climbing on the table, and your 4 year old is singing "over the rainbow" as loud as he can? A small desk in their room or at the dining room table (when you take your other children out to play) would be the perfect place for them to focus.
A picture of Michelle Zanatta homeschooling her daughter, Sophia!
As a designated homework monitor (and as moms, you know that is just one of our primary duties), it is important to help - but how? If your child goes to public school, ask their teacher and if you homeschool - develop a good schedule that allows free time while your child is working on school work. Trust me, the level of frustration for you both will diminish quickly if you are readily available to answer the questions!
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