Here are some homework tips for parents:
A. Homework should be done in a spot that is readily accessible by the parent. Each child is different. Some kids like the hum of a busy area like the kitchen, while others can’t stand the noise and need a quieter place. The bedroom can be distracting place to do homework unless the child is really motivated. The television should be turned off.
B. Everything needed for homework should be together in one place. For example, an old shoe box can be used to store pencils, markers, ruler, and a calculator. An electronic spell-checker can help students be independent. A spell-checker picks up phonetic variations of words (such as f-o-n-e for phone).
C. Use a timer to encourage on-task behavior. Say, “I’m setting the timer for 15 minutes, and I want you to work as hard as you can for 15 minutes and then when the timer goes off you can daydream or you can take a break.” Consider providing a fidget toy such as the Tangle Jr.
D. Some students with writing disabilities like raised line paper so that they can feel the lines on the paper. There are colored reading guides (E.Z.C. readers) that help with attention and tracking lines of text.
E. Use a white board for practicing math problems and spelling.
F. Books on organization include “The Organized Student,” (Fireside, 2005) by Donna Goldberg, “Organizing the Disorganized Child,” (HarperCollins, 2009) by Martin L. Kutscher and Marcella Moran and “Homework Without Tears,” (Canter & Associates) by Lee Canter and Lee Hausner.