Create a Routine From The Start
Humans are creatures of habit. If we create good habits and routines around homework, there will be much less argument and negotiation.
Designate a set time when homework will be done
This will solve a multitude of problems. If your child knows that every day from 3:45 – 4:45 is homework time, it will become an everyday routine. If it’s “what we always do,” pretty soon, no one expects anything different.
Ideally, you want to have homework time to be the same time every day. Determine the time with your student. Does she need a snack or a little down time before she starts? How much time will that take?
Look at your student’s needs, the typical amount of time homework takes, and your family activities. Then if at all possible, designate the same time everyday for homework.
If this is not possible due to parents’ work schedules, or other activities, create a weekly schedule where the homework time may vary from day-to-day, but there is a designated time each day of the week.
Stick to your designated homework schedule.
Don’t let anything else take priority.
Do not schedule appointments or take phone calls during this time.
Nothing gets priority over homework during the set homework time!
Children are often guilty of saying, “I don’t have any homework today.” (This may or may not be true!) Sometimes, students forget their materials, forget to write down their assignments, “conveniently” forget details, or just find it easier to say they don’t have homework.
Whether your son or daughter has homework or not, the designated homework time is for homework.
If she actually has no homework from school, homework time should be spent studying for spelling tests or other upcoming tests, working on long-term assignments and book reports, doing free-reading, or writing in a journal. This preserves the homework time routine and helps remove the temptation of saying there’s no homework when in fact there is.
You’ll find that the routine of a schedule really creates much more order and calmness when it’s time to do homework.
BUT, the time to set all of this up is right now, BEFORE you get too far into the school year.