Take HOMEWORK OUT of your vocabulary. What’s the answer to the question, “Do you have any homework?” Answer, “NO” And, we parents let the kids off the hook.
Instead Use the Words “Study Time”
Allow your child/student to choose the time of day for their study time (if they don’t adhere to it, no tv, computer or tech games for the evening. One time is usually all it takes!)
Recommended Study time per night (Sunday through Thursday), More if you have an over-achiever!
For Kindergarten, First and Second Graders: Five minutes per night per subject. Math, Reading/Writing/Handwriting, Science and Social Studies.
That’s 20 minutes per night, Five times a week. That’s 100 minutes a week, over 36 weeks amounts to 3,600 minutes of study time.
For Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders: Ten minutes per night per subject. Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies. That’s 40 minutes per night, Five times a week. That’s 200 minutes a week, over 36 weeks amounts to 7,200 minutes of study time for the year.
For Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Graders: 15 to 20 minutes per night, per subject. Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies. That’s one hour to one hour 20 minutes a night. That could be five hours of study time per week. That’s 180 extra hours of study time.
For High School: 20 to 30 minutes per night, per subject.
With this simple model you are Teaching your child how to study which is what most college students will tell you they never learned. Teach your kids with the TIPS model (Teaching Independent Positive Students)
Ideas for Parents to help facilitate getting minutes accomplished. As you drive your son/daughter around to various activities in the afternoon and evening. Ask what they learned in science and social studies today. Ask key questions for recall. Study spelling words out loud, make it a game for all. Discuss math facts and how this relates to every day activities. Have students add up in their heads how much the grocery bill might be.
Stress the importance of their education. Talk about dreams, goals and what they want to be when the grow up OFTEN! These are ever changing.
Most important of all… Listen to them and ask questions about their day at school!!
Rosanne Givens Scott/Counselor