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How Homework Plays Important Role in the Learning Process

There has been some debate for quite a while on whether or not homework is necessary for kids. There is the argument that it is far too time-consuming and makes no difference in education.
Whether or not this is true remains to be unseen. Some countries, like Denmark, are opting to be “homework-free.” They have reported lower dropout rates and higher grades after doing such. However, other countries such as South Korea are very (perhaps even too) pro-homework and show some of the highest reading, science, and math scores in the world.

Finding Balance
Of course, heavy homework loads lead to less time doing other things, but research shows that a good balance does lead to better results in school.
A general rule many teachers and even the National Education Association and Parent Teacher Association agree on is the “grade x 10” rule. If your child is in 3rd grade, they shouldn’t be given more than 30 minutes of homework. Anything more than this amount has shown a decrease in test scores.

(source: https://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/the-homework-debate-benefits-of-homework/)

The Positives
Homework actually comes with many benefits for students, stating with good study skills. It is easy enough to walk out of school and forget what it is you learned that day. Homework reinforces that learning can take place outside of school. It gives kids a better chance of applying what they learned and remembering it better.
Homework is the perfect chance to help children develop independent learning skills and responsibility. Sure, Mom and Dad may help sometimes and set homework times, but ultimately, it is down to the child to get the work done. It also teaches time management skills.
It may be good for independent skills, but homework is also a good opportunity for family time. Parents are encouraged to get involved and ask questions about the work. This helps them better understand what their child is learning in school, and it encourages the child to get homework done and do their best when you take an interest. Parents can identify their child’s strengths and weaknesses.
Creativity may flow better when outside the constraints of classroom walls. There is also more time to think freely, instead of thinking quickly which doesn’t always produce the best results.
Finally, as mentioned before, studies have shown a correlation between homework and higher test scores.

How to Create a Good Homework Environment
Children thrive on routine, so homework time should be part of that daily routine. Set up a distraction-free zone, away from the TV, phones, and even siblings. Help your child prioritize what needs to get done, and set short breaks for them if need be to get up, stretch, and have a snack – Breaks and healthy snacks help us work more efficiently!
And most of all, be positive. When parents are negative about homework, kids will be too. Try to relay how important homework is, ask questions about the work, and offer encouragement when needed.

Want more tips? Find out more on our blog dedicated to advising on getting kids to do their homework
Overall, homework is an essential part of any child’s learning. Yes, there is a line that is drawn as to when it can become too much, and if you think your child is being given more than this, then speak to the teacher.
Give your child the space they need to get work done, free from distraction, and ask them about their work to make the most of it and for a better retainment of knowledge, and children and parents will see the benefits.

What are your thoughts surrounding homework?


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