Why is Homework Important?
Homework set prior to a lesson can aid understanding later in class. Homework also provides opportunities for reinforcement of work learned during school time and for children to develop their research skills. Children will need to seek information for themselves from reference materials such as encyclopedias, books, CD Roms and by doing so, are helped along the path to becoming independent learners.
Having the responsibility of needing to meet deadlines promotes self-discipline, an attribute which will impact on school work and beyond.
How much Homework?
At the beginning of the school year ask about the school's homework policy. You need to know what kind of homework will be set, the guidelines for time to be spent and the school's expectations of your input. Some schools have homework diaries so you can see what homework is being given. If problems occur such as your child is taking far too long to complete assignments you should contact your child's teacher.