• Notes from Emily Herman, Director of Student Services

     Dear Community:

    As our second quarter gets underway students may struggle with homework and setting routines. A big reason is consistency on practicing new skills learned in class which is the reason for homework. Homework is an important skill to gain mastery skills and prepare them for real world jobs skills.

    Kenyon likes to start homework right after school.  Elise prefers to relax first.  Luis listens to music when he studies, while Bella needs silence.

    Which homework routine is best?  They're all fine!  With help from their parents, these students have discovered what works for them.  Use these strategies to help your child find a winning routine.

    When and where?  Try planning a regular time each day when family members do quiet activities.  You'll help your child focus by limiting distractions.  For example, she can do homework in the kitchen after school while you pay bills or cook.  Or everyone can read in the living room at night while she works in her room.

    Take a break.  Schedule short periods of work to fit your child's attention span.  If they have an hour of homework, they can do 30 minutes and then take a break (shoot hoops, have a healthy snack) before finishing up.  Tip?  Have them keep track of time-and stay on task-by setting an alarm clock to signal their break. 

    First things first.  Before they start, help your child put their assignments in order.  Have you noticed they get more done when they do written work first?  If so, they can complete their math worksheet, then practice spelling and, finally, study science. 

    Idea:  Suggest that he rank homework from hardest to easiest and tackle the more complicated work first.