Should Primary School Students Do homework?

Friday, October 22, 2021 1:31 pm
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Craig Hunter, Deputy Principal and Teacher at Rehoboth Christian College, joined Mike to talk about homework. Homework

Homework can be a perfect storm of frustration for parents and children. Parents are tired after a long day of work, having to cook dinner, do the chores and then having to get their kids to do homework. Children are also  tired from a full day of school and extracurricular activities.

If you view homework as part of their learning journey it can be a good thing. Homework can help reinforces what they learn at school and gives them the opportunity to develop good habits and time management skills.

To help your child manage their homework.

  1. Establish a homework routine each night
  2. Minimise disruption and distractions like phones or TV.
  3. Use positive reinforcement or a reward chart to motivate them.
  4. Give them time to rest or play outside
  5. Provide a drink and snack
  6. Stay calm and relaxed

“I think we’ve got to find that rhythm and balance with our kids that limit the time (spent on homework)…I think we need to push back a bit as parents…hey my kids learning, they spent time with it, they didn’t understand this question but they had a go, and that’s where I think there’s got to be a two way relationship with parents and teachers.”

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