Parental interest and parental attitudes to their children’s education is the single most powerful influence on a child’s learning.
Homework offers a means by which parents can demonstrate their interest and direct their influence. It represents a bridge linking home with school and provides a very good opportunity for the development of a practical partnership between parent, child and teacher. Homework is an important part of the educational process which provides many benefits to the learning process of the child.
Aims and Objectives of Homework
- To reinforce and consolidate the work done in class.
- To prepare the child for forthcoming work.
- To assess the child’s understanding of work and his/her competence in skills.
- To develop self discipline and to encourage the child to work independently.
- To strengthen the educational partnership between parents and teachers.
- To provide a means by which teachers can encourage parents to become more actively involved in their child’s education.
- To provide a means by which parents can see the sort of work which the child is doing in school and by which they can assess the child’s progress.
- Homework is always part of a carefully devised learning programme with a specific purpose.
- Teachers always ensure that the homework they set is suited to the capabilities of their pupils, is explained in advance and is checked the following day.
- The personal efforts of each pupil are taken into consideration.
- Homework fosters independence in the pupil especially when it is necessary to use non-school resources, e.g. library, reference material.
- Parents should understand the importance of providing appropriate conditions for homework.
- Homework should enhance a sense of education partnership with parents.
How parents can help in the whole area of homework.
Homework is designed to train children in habits of consistent personal effort in everything they do, so the following points are worth noting:
- Homework should be done as soon as possible after school while the work is still fresh in the child’s mind.
- It should be done in one time block if possible.
- A quiet peaceful atmosphere should be provided for the child, with the radio, computer and T.Y. turned off and all other distractions removed.
- Parents should not be afraid to offer assistance but they should try to lead the child to answer problems him/herself, rather than giving him/ her the information.
- It is good to give praise for the work the child has done, read it over with him and point out errors if necessary.
- Check your child’s homework notebook to see that all given homework has been done. Oral work is as important as written work. Sign the notebook ONLY when you are satisfied that all given work has been completed to the best of the child’s ability. Check such details as neat ruling, correct headings, writing, spelling and punctuation.
- The teacher may have written a message for you in the homework notebook.
These guidelines present examples of the types of activities and lessons from which homework may be drawn. Homework will not be given in all of these areas in anyone night.
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- Homework should be completed in a reasonable time. If homework assigned seems to heavy, consult the teacher so that suitable time adjustments can be made, if necessary.
- The following are guidelines regarding the duration of homework. Reading time is excluded from these periods, since reading is an activity which transcends homework.
3rd class and 4th class: 30 to 45 minutes each evening.
5th class and 6th class: 45 minutes to 1 hour each evening.