Traditionally, teachers have assigned homework to give students an opportunity to reinforce what they have learned in school that day or to introduce new material that will be covered the next school day. Many children return to classes with no homework completed. How do you encourage your children to complete homework? Do you assist them with their homework?
My wife and I will help with homework if necessary, but only after an independent attempt has been made. Even then, the help comes in the form of discussing how to do the work (usually math, for some reason), not actually helping with assigned problems. If a particular subject seems really hard, we may do a set of problems independently and them compare our answers afterward. We've found that this gives them a sense of accomplishment, even if they did need a little extra help. Of course, it's Mom and Dad who usually end up learning the most!
Check out this article--"16 engaging homework help resources"--from eClassroom News (September 26, 2013), for resources to help children of all ages complete their homework. Some of the materials are free and others have a minimal charge.
What do you think of these resources? Please share your experiences.