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Homework Made Fun

1. Be a role model. Take the opportunity to read a book or newspaper while your child studies. Reading together helps create a learning atmosphere.

2. Praise your child. Praise them for successfully completing homework. Nothing builds self-esteem like praise from parents. Most importantly, a parent should serve as a motivational academic cheerleader. Homework should not be a punishment or a time that’s dreaded. Approach homework with a positive attitude, and consistently reward the child with positive verbal feedback. Children do not require material treats or presents for their success; moreover, children thrive on verbal support and encouragement.

3. Help your child with time management. Establish a set time each day for doing homework. You may want to even post your agreement in a visible place and then sign it. Don't let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.

4. Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.

5. Watch your child for signs of failure and frustration. Let your child take a short break if she is having trouble keeping her mind on an assignment.