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Printable homework charts are smart and easy tools that really work.
Of course, the key word here is 'commitment'. Using the homework chart
everyday, religiously, will prove to you that it works. It will help
any student improve their self-discipline and consistency over time.
- Make a commitment to use a homework chart for at least 30 days -
preferably 60 - and see what a difference it can make.
This also is a log of your child's progress and if there's a missed
assignment you can check back. Often one of my kids were 'certain' they
wrote an assignment down, but if there was no record of it on the
homework chart, we knew they had forgotten. This helped them understand
you simply can't keep everything in your head!
For example, if Math is highlighted in the color red, then place a red
highlight on each individual assignment as it is completed. At a
glance, your student can clearly see what homework is not completed.
- Keep all of your child's printable homework charts in a binder so
you have a log of homework from week to week.
Print this Printable homework chart -
or Family Chore Game
or Printable homework chart -
filled in (Requires a PDF file reader such
as Adobe Acrobat Reader).
More printable homework charts ideas...
This should not be a negative thing, but a great way to steer
conversation. Which child is working on what projects this week? What
do we all know about these topics? What difficulties is the student
having and how can we help him? This is also a gentle way to keep a
student on task. "I see your homework is not checked off, Susie. Let me
know when you are finished so we can play that new game together I was
showing you." (If you are looking for more personal growth ideas for your child, see my good
behavior charts page.
- If desired, keep the current week's printable homework chart
posted in a public place where family members can help each other stay
Homework charts help with goal setting and goal getting. It's a lot of
fun to watch a child experience the thrill of achievement and learn she
is in control of those achievements.
- For young kids, printable homework charts are a great way to
teach good study habits.
See my sticker behavior charts
page for a printable sheet of stickers (need to use sticker paper in
your printer or print on regular paper and use a glue stick to attach
to your chart) as well as more free
behavior charts to print or the chores
for kids chart.
- Like stickers to use with your printable homework charts?
I'm a big believer in using rewards with printable charts, but you'll
want to aim for balance. School and the accompanying homework are your
kid's equivalent of a job and is not all about the rewards.
Sometimes you just have to do the work! That's what makes homework
valuable; the self-discipline it can teach. The academics are just
icing on the cake.
- Are you using rewards with your printable homework charts?
Check with your child's teacher as to how much homework he should be
having each day, in general. Obviously there are days where extra
projects mean more homework, but if all your child does is homework
from the time school is out until bedtime every single day, it's time
to figure out why and make adjustments.
- The above being said, don't let homework take over your child's
Some kids have trouble with focus (mine certainly have) and simply need
a lot of practice and encouragement to rise above that. Sometimes a
particular subject is weighing a child down and they need extra help in
that area. Sometimes they are simply assigned more homework than is
reasonable. Try to be an onjective parent and do a little detective
work to find out what the situation is for your child. Again, balance
is the key. Either extreme of no homework or too much homework is not
Whether you use simple tools like chore charts or printable
homework charts, what you are really doing is raising our future
leaders. So yes, every day stuff matters! A lot!!
- Do you ever wonder if these daily routines like homework or
chores even matter?
Printable homework charts are a valuable tool in your
efforts to guide your child's education.
Use your homework chart log (previous weeks' homework charts) to ask
about specific assignments. Plus, going over returned homework together
gives you the chance to ask questions and stay apprised of your child's
work before you see the final report card. And it shows your child that
you value education (which you do, right?).
- Spend a little time going over returned homework with your child.
You will find out about your child's interests - likes and dislikes -
if you consistently chat about her homework with her. Go over problem
issues while they're still small problems. Develop an open line of
communication with your child's teacher. All common sense ideas and
they really work!
Colleen Langenfeld is a mother with over 29 years of parenting experience and helps other busy moms around the globe at www.paintedgold.com.
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