Starting off the new school year with great homework habits sets kids up for a great year.

  1. Desk: Create a space where the kids can do their homework, whether its a desk of their own, or their own space at a office table you already have. Alternatively, create a portable homework station that they can bring to the bench or kitchen table.
  2. Supplies: Set up containers with pencils, erasers, scissors, glue etc. Having everything they need on hand saves time looking for what they need for homework.
  3. Decorate: Get the kids to help decorate their area so they want to use it. Homework is not always fun but providing them with a happy space will help motivate them. Adding a pin board can help them proudly display their work.
  4. Clutter: Help your child keep the desk area clean and clutter free so they always have space to work and they don’t get distracted by the mess.
  5. Noise: Make sure there work space is free of TV, music and too much distraction.
  6. Time: Have a set time when the kids know is homework time everyday. There will be less fights if you’re not constantly asking them to do it.
  7. Electronics: Unless the kids are using a computer for homework, make sure all devices are not within easy distraction. Turn phones etc on silent.
  8. Support: Young kids will need help with homework but make sure you don’t do the work for them. Older kids can be left to work alone but make sure you monitor them and keep them on track if needed. Also be on hand for them to ask questions if they need.

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  • my daughter is still a bit young for school but were getting in the habit of sitting at the desk and doing some writing and reading a book at bedtime, by next year (school year) it will be the normal. As a fun activity she loves doing the reading eggs (online) that has now become a reward for good behaviour. This has helped with both the the reading and concentration level.


  • Food. My son is 16 and likes to be fed before, during and after study!!

    • Haha! I like to be fed before and after their study too!!!


  • Parents must help children with reading by listening to them and correcting their pronunciation. But maths and essays MUST be done by the child so that they learn.


  • The first homework I remember helping with was reading. It was listed in the school diary.
    It is a long time before the really understand what some of the reading they do means.
    Spelling is another thing that appears after awhile. Some of the schools call it “sight words” now.
    Beware!!! Make sure the teacher has the correct spelling. I know of a case where a pupil and teacher had a disagreement over the spelling of a word and had to write it out 100 times. His parents couldn’t work out why it was taking him so much extra time to finish his homework. They looked it up and the teacher’s spelling was wrong. The boy had spent a long time writing it incorrectly. Imagine how hard it was for him to learn how to do it correctly after spending a long time with wrong spelling.. Thne teacher was in a s****y mood for a couple of days after it was reported to the Principal because she wouldn’t apologise to the pupil or his parents at all.


  • Very clever and wise tips, thank you.


  • My boys had a table that was dedicated to their homework time. I made sure they had a break for a drink and a snack and limited their time if they were on a big project. Worked for them I’m happy to say


  • The kids they need homework ???? they have to


  • Great tips. In regards to support I think all kids are different and need different amount of time and help with homework.

    • My eldest is very good. I never have to remind her of her homework. she takes initiative and has perfect eye on what she when needs to do. My son however I always have to chase, he does a little and then likes to find excuses to get distracted. And my 6yr old has been drama so far. As soon we start to talk about homework she starts wincing and whining….


  • I don’t think kids should have homework. We never had it when I was in primary school. Now, they have it just about every night from grade 3 up. It’s too much

    • I agree ! Kids should be able to socialize, play and relax after a day hard work at school !


  • Routine is important when it comes to homework and most certainly getting rid of all clutter from desks.


  • The best comment is to support them through these coming years – don’t do their homework for them, help them reason it out in their own mind. And if you have older children – keep them away from the new school child as they have their own things to do for school. Support is what each child needs as they go through school – however round table question/answers on maths or whatever can work wonders for all the children as they learn their tables or spelling.


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