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5/5/12 10:17 A

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Wow, A lot to catch up on here:) I have two children ages 7 and 8 and one does his homework right away and gets it done, he's willing to have me help him study for test. His work is not neat, very hurried and he does not take time to spell or form sentences correctly. So we have an area to work on:) My daughter is the creative, take my own sweet time, when I'm good and ready kind of gal:) She needs extra time to finish assessments at school. Her focus level is not good! I'm not sure how to help that along, as I know they wont give her extra time forever!

Making snacks fun was a great idea!:) The clipboard container is fabulous, I'm getting those this week!:) Especially since we are on the go homework people living a distance from school with after school scouts and taekwondo:)

THANK YOU!!!:)

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4/5/12 1:55 A

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My boys do their homework right after school. It seems to work out really well. Then they are free to what they like after dinner time. Usually they'll save the reading time until bedtime, but lately we have been encouraging them to do that earlier as well. I tend to struggle with my 2nd grader more than my 5th grader though.

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2/26/12 10:53 P

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Sigh, does it ever get better? Our 7th grader has us pulling our hair out nightly and has been for years! We've tried everything, but she would rather argue about doing the work than to just do it. We call it Drama Queen Syndrome! :)

Our kids do thier "book work" after school while at the sitters, then they get a break before resuming thier actual "studying" with us at night. I have found a bunch of online studying sites that I am willing to let them play with "extra" game time they earn for being ahead in their work. They love it because it's the computer. I know it's not ideal, but at least they are practicing spelling words.

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2/17/12 4:59 P

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I have the same problem with my 4th grader, all year its been a struggle for him, so I started taking away his video game and tv time until his home work is complete. or some weeks I will reward him with something new or an special outing. It has worked so far.

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2/16/12 11:09 P

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I would say the best thing that I have found with helping my children do their homework is having them at the kitchen table while I am making dinner. Also my son complains that the reason he doesn't like doing his homework is its not fun or that he can never find a puzzle. I know make sure we have a bucket of pencils around the table and I try to make homework fun such as using cheerios as his counters that he can eat when done with a problem.

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I could have written your post JOSETTE80. My son is also in the 4th grade is writing is his biggest challenge. When he does write stuff, it's very hard to read. It's to the point it's affecting his math homework as well because he doesn't want to write out the problems and solutions. Homework has been a daily fight for us for years. I'm going to go back and read all the replies on this issue and hope to get some ideas that will work for us.

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My son has difficulty staying in one place and concentrating as well. It doesn't take much to sidetrack him and writing is his biggest struggle. I'm not sure how to make it fun for him. It is more of a processing thing; he can tell you a great story and once it's written or typed it is a wonderful fourth grade paper. But getting to the final product is awful! I do let him play before starting work as he just about is in overload when he gets home. I like Cassique's idea of the clipboard with storage. That may be something for me to implement with SV.

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This year I put together "Homework Kits" for my kids. They each have a clip board that is also a storage container. They have pencils, highlighters, erasers, rulers, scissors, tape, glue sticks, and crayons or colored pencils in each one.

It ended up working out much better than before. I used to make them do their homework at the dining room table, and all the supplies were in the kitchen. But DS is a high anxiety and easily distracted kid. All it took was the dog barking at a squirrel to get him worked up and completely off task. By having the "kit" he can do his homework wherever he wants to and can move easily. Often times he will start at the table, then go up to his room for more quiet.

DD doesn't get as distracted but she sometimes needs help with directions so she likes to be close to me. DS gets distracted when I explain things to her. The rule in our house is that the only thing they are allowed to do before homework is play outside, especially this time of year when it gets dark so early. I don't want them to miss out on outside time. DS is in 4th grade and he does homework right up until dinner, then does his reading log after. Often times he still has some homework to finish in the morning. Luckily he wakes up early and has plenty of time in the morning to finish things up.

IT is frustrating and it is a fight, and he also doesn't turn things in all the time which is driving me crazy! He gets pulled out for resource room, speech and OT so he has lots of excuses and seems to be getting away with not turning things in. But when I find them in his folder I get so frustrated and he just blows it off.

Both my husband and I are teachers so this is extra infuriating for us. We can watch him do his homework, check it, sign off on it, but then he just forgets to hand it in! GRRR.

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8/18/11 8:16 P

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I have found communcation is key when it comes to homework. Visit or call or email teachers every two weeks if there have been issues in the past. My son would try the I have homework pass. Turned out an older student was making copies of one he recvd and selling them after school. That student was expelled. One other thing I did was make beaded wristbracelets to wear on days they had to turn in work. I also make sure homework is done right after school. My kids are 7 & 10. Both kids in scouts. They get snack and drink and get to work. No playing with friends until all work done, reading, planners ect signed. I tried letting kids play first. Didnt work.Good luck.


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5/16/11 11:37 A

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I make my son do his homework as soon as he gets home from school. That way it is done and the rest of the day is free and clear!

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4/5/11 8:45 P

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I agree I do this w/my twins, they get a snack then go burn off their cabin fever, I find that it makes getting down to homework alot easier. Once they've finished their homework they take a bath, have dinner, watch 30mins of television then read for 30mins and finally Good Night ... it breaks up the monotony of going going going all day @ school.

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My youngest is good in school...but my oldest has the worst problem. She wants to do dattle but she has meds in the afternoons so she eats a snack then we get started on homework. It just takes her FOREVER for her to finish...I don't know what else to do?

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I'm in the same boat as blessedwifemom. My older daughter and son have to get the homework done right away. If I let them play outside, they will throw a fit the minute it's time to come back inside. Plus, they take the bus home so they don't get in until around 5. Bedtime is a strict 9pm, so between dinner and showers, there isn't much free time during the week if they have alot of homework. My youngest is 9, and she's very organized. I pick her up at aftercare when I get out of work, so we aren't home until after 6, and although she has nightly homework, she is usually the first one finished, and if there is still daylight (now that the time changed, there will be) she can go play with her friends on our block. My older daughter has to do nightly chores to earn allowance to pay her cell phone bill as well. At my house, time is the enemy. There is never enough time to get everything done!

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3/1/11 11:28 A

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I also let them unwind before homework. If it's nice outside they paly for an hour and get some sunshine! After being cooped up all day they need it!!

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The routine varies greatly at our house. They are usually picked up by my mom (grammy) and I just don't expect her to do homework so they play until I get home. When I get home - I am the trigger for it is time to sit down and do homework - this may be before or after dinner depending on how late I get home from work. Fortunately - both kids (kindergarten and first grade) are given weekly work - it comes home on Monday and they have the week. This allows me to do more on some days and less on other days.

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2/25/11 7:20 A

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My kids get off the bus and have a snack on the table waitting for them, with a pencil ready for homework. I have tried to give them time to be kids, but when I call them back to do homework, my son gets ALL bent out of shape and mad. So, no more of that. Homework right after school, so it is done.

Now, my daughter is a really good student and when she was playing ball after school, we had to be more flexible but she did well with it. I think all kids are different and we just have to find what works best in our own families. It can, for sure, be tricky!

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Homework has become ridiculous around here. DD [6 yo in 1st grade] goes to school from 9am to 3:30pm then mon-wed she has afters chool tutoring til 4:45. Most nights she has 10-40 mins of homework depending if its reading, spelling words and/or maths. However sometimes the after school tutoring sends homework as well. Come on guys, enough already, how long do you want my kid to work?? If she gets both class and after school tutoring I refuse to let her do the after school tutoring homework. You know how the saying goes, work, work, work makes jack a dull boy.

She is usually exhausted when she comes home mon through wed and she has a 30 min nap before I wake her up for food around 6pm and then after that she will do her homework.

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2/13/11 3:05 P

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I was doing the after school thing, and then i changed it up i noticed that with her doing homework right after school it would take her a longer time and it would not be her best work her hand writting was sloppy. so i let her do it after dinner.It comes out neater and she does it with out complaining and help. kids just like us need to just take a break for a little bit.

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We let the 15 and 7 year old to have 30 minutes to an hour to unwind after school. The only time the 7 year old has to do homework right away is when he has basketball practice on Mondays due to him having a 8:00 bedtime and it lasting until 7;30. I just think kids need the chance to get a snack (healthy) and unwind to give them some down time. This works for my guys.

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Well now that we are further into school I have discovered it does not get any easier with my two. I have them do homework as soon as they come home. My son will drag it out because he wants to pet the dog, he has to go to the bathroom, always somethign to make his should be 20 minutes of homework last an hour. My daughter likes to sit at the same table and sing just to aggravate him while he is doing his reading assignment. It is choas! And the whole time they are doing homework in the kitchen I am trying to cook. I am hoping it will get easier as they get older.

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1/13/11 10:13 A

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Hi everyone,I just wanted to share a homework tip with all of you. I have 2 girls..one is in 1st grade and the other is in 3rd grade. I struggled terribly to get them to the table to do their homework everynight. I was at the end of my rope. I finally talked to a friend who has 4 kids in school and she told me to always make them do their homework as soon as they get home from school because the learning process is still fresh in their little brains. If you wait until later in the evening kids lose focus much easier and they tend to get lazy which takes them forever to do their homework...and I had also found that my girls made more mistakes too. So, I tried this method and I can tell you it really works! As soon as my girls get home from school they have a healthy snack waiting for them at our dining room table... and now even start their homework without being told... and are done within 30 minutes. I hope this tip helps out some of you as it has me. Good luck to all! emoticon

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Well we are now into the second week in school with my 2nd grade son and my kindergarten daughter. On any given day my daughter loves to aggravate her brother so homework time has definitely become interesting this year. I have them sit at opposite sides of the table. If I spend time helping my son my daughter immediately needs my attention. She is such a jealous pot. But so far no one has lost a limb or an eye. HA HA! So all in all it is going great.

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9/14/10 11:18 P

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I have 2 sons in school this year in 1st and 2nd grade. They are both above their grade level in reading and in math. It takes them being motivated to learn and find out about new things. My oldest loves to draw and anything doing with art. Last year when he was bored with math I made him draw out pics to the side and then now he loves it and drawing new things on his paper each day. My mom picks them up afterschool and the deal is that homework is first and then play time. This helps when doing soccer and swimming after I get off work and that leaves one less thing to worry about. We do however, talk about their day and their homework in the car and I check it at night just to make sure it is done and ready to turn in the next day.

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My kids have planners that the school provides. I set up 5pm as the time to start homework. Once all homework is completed, I sign their planners. My 10yr old son, whom needs the most assistance, and I share a table. While helping him w/homework I'm also on SP trying to catch up w/my team mates.

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8/26/10 9:24 A

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This year I will have two in school so it is going to be even harder. My son attends after school so he gets two and a half hours to run and play with friends. When we get home we immediately start homework at the kitchen table while I cook dinner. That way I can keep him motivated and I am double tasking at the same time. This year I will have a kindergartener in the mix so I don't know if they will be able to sit at the same table and not argue. We will see!

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My son is going to be in the first grade this year and last year we established a set schedule for homework and everything else that way he knew what to expect. I gave him a few hours to play when he got home since he'd been at school all day and at 5PM we sat down and did his homework together.

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With my son, entering middle school was the worst on homework due to having "A" days and "B" days. Luckily my wife gets off work early and she can help the kids with some stuff until I get home and I can help them with the math (my thing).

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I have already been warned that this year is going to be the hardest one yet. She has entered the 4th grade. I am glad to see that I am not alone in this. I am bless with my oldest, she goes off does her work, if she doesn't get it then she comes to me. When she claims that she is done I check it to make sure that it is done right and ready to go in the morning.

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I love this idea, I should have thought of it. My son was in 4th grade last year and he had tons of homework all the parents say that 4th grade is the hardest year for the kids. My son had homework on average 3 hours every night not to mention all the projects he had so I would help as much as I could to get every thing done and it would aggravate me to no end when I'd find a yellow slip I had to sign for missing work. I also found out that the teacher wasn't asking for the work to be turned in everyday she was kind of out there and scatter brained how can you teach consistency/organization in the classroom if the teacher isn't?

My other son who was in 3rd grade had just as much homework the only difference was that his teacher allowed time in class for them to work in groups to get it done.

When my kids were younger and they got homework even in kindergarten I'd sit with them as they are getting older I'm not physically sitting with them but I'm in the room either prepping for dinner or folding laundry in case they need help if it's something harder like math that I just can't get we put it aside continue with the rest and call my husband and he helps them do it when he gets home after dinner.

If this year proves to be the same and my son doesn't turn in his homework on time, I'm going to get those t-shirts made up no excuses this year I made sure my other son didn't get that teacher. emoticon

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I was having this same problem with my son.. He is also 10. I would go to the school once a week and find out that he too wasn't turning in assignments. We'd go look in his backpack and there they would be. So.. After grounding, and griping, and time outs, and all the usual punishments, I decided to have some t-shirts made. They became his school clothes almost every day. They Read: I have HOMEWORK to turn in TODAY!!! He absolutely hates wearing them too. I got 4 shirts, all different colors, and made him wear them for about 3 weeks. His grades went up, and the teachers loved the idea.



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I was having this same problem with my son.. He is also 10. I would go to the school once a week and find out that he too wasn't turning in assignments. We'd go look in his backpack and there they would be. So.. After grounding, and griping, and time outs, and all the usual punishments, I decided to have some t-shirts made. They became his school clothes almost every day. They Read: I have HOMEWORK to turn in TODAY!!! He absolutely hates wearing them too. I got 4 shirts, all different colors, and made him wear them for about 3 weeks. His grades went up, and the teachers loved the idea.



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need help!! my 10 year old son has gotten into this habit of not turning in his homework. he was a honor roll student the all of a sudden he is pulling d's and f's. this is not like him. we know that he does his homework as my husband and i help him with it and we know that he understands what is being taught because he pulls a's and b's on his tests. the problem is that he just doesn't turn in the assignments. any one have any ideas on how to get hime to turn in the work that he takes the time to do?

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It has been so helpful to read these posts. I am currently on a guilt trip as had a stressful time last year with work. I'm ashamed to say that work invaded my home life & my poor son (nearly 6yrs) had to cope with a distracted stressed out mum most of the time who didn't have time or was too tired to sit and help with home work. Consequently, through no fault of his own, my son fell behind with his reading & writing. I vowed this year not to let my boss overburden me and am desperately trying to make amends. As my son is only in year 1, a teacher friend told me not to worry as my son is a happy intelligent much loved boy & there is still time to catch up as long as we get into a routine. Some of the posts I have read here have helped reassure me that I am on the right lines. We do 10 mins in the morning learning a sheet of words and making sentences up(often daft ones!)with the words learnt. Then 10-15 mins most evenings reading & discussing a book of choice. We do other stuff too but this is our current routine & it is working well & reaping rewards. Although abit tough for my son at the moment I think he relishes the fact that he has his mummy back!!

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We will time my son on getting different assignments done and compare how much time it takes him each night. It helps to keep it moving and keep him motivated.

Today I will track my food and exercise. This I will do for myself.


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We have a routine that works. Every day after school, the kids have snack and then get out their homework and read for 20-30 minutes. It helps that I watch kids after school 2-3 days a week, so everyone is in on the routine, the others don't whine about it, so my kids don't either. My Kindergartner can read some on her own, and then I can read to her during her reading time, or I have my second grader read to her as well. We have charts they fill with smiley faces and when they finish the chart, they get a prize...they are both working on getting another zhu zhu pet...I usually have 25 spaces, about a month's worth of homework and reading.

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In the evenings my 7 year old daughter does her homework while her little sister does her "homework" of drawing lines, working on letters (she can do B's), or colour. At the same time I sit and do paperwork or write my to do list for the next day. I try to use this as a time to be together. Some days work better than others. emoticon

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I have a ten year old daughter and a two year old daughter. Homework time can be stressful,not all of the time. I try to get my 2 year old involved some how(not always the easiest thing to do), and I really try to sit down with the 10 year old. I think it gives her confidants and it lets her know that I am there to support her.I found that stopping what I am doing and giving her my attention calms her and she doesn't seem stressed out over her work. She gets frustrated easily and wants to quit, this helps when nothing else does.

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My kids have to finish their homework and read for 45 minutes before they can play any electronics.

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My daughter and I found a science fair project on the internet. There are lots of free ones there. Just googe free science fair projects. We did one on starches in food.

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Although my 9 year old son is on the honor roll, let me tell you that it takes A LOT of hard work and long hours to keep him focused and on course. Some evenings, we spend literally hours going over spelling, math( he is in advanced math- doing algebra,geometry, dividing fractions,etc). I feel very sorry for him a lot of times, because he doesn't have the chance to "be a kid". Society sets very high standards, and without a college degree our children will suffer. emoticon

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My twins were diagnosed with ADD... I found that removing ALL artificial dye and preservatives from our diet removed ALL of their symptoms. If half the class has it... it's NOT something wrong with our kids. It has to be environmental in some way! Within 3 weeks, they could sit, concentrate, remember and I can actually read their handwriting! I found the Feingold association VERY helpful and full of good information on how the dyes react in their brains. Also the EU has banned artificial colors in their countries... but we still eat them here.

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Winterrain,
I would ask your childs teacher what they are looking for. Usually projects are graded on thier content, presentation and knowledge of the subject displayed by the student. Did the teacher send home a note explaining general areas of science they are working on? How long does your child have to complete the experiment? My daughter has been asking me if we could make "rock candy like they do on Cyber Chase on www.pbskids.org".

I just did an internet search for "how to make rock candy" and came up with this cool website: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy
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Good luck! Let us know what experiment you decide to do :) Find something your child is interested in and search the internet for how to directions :)

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I have a question, my daughter has an assignment to create a science experiment. I have tried explaining what an actual science experiment consist of but that doesn't seem to help any.

I never did one as a kid so I'm kinda lost at what to do here. Any suggestions on how I can send her in the right direction?

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Thanks for the information. I will definitely try some of these tips. I have a feeling my daughter will love them - which will be helpful.
I have been wondering if indeed she also has ADHD or whether we are just going through a phase. My nephew was diagnosed with it as well so I don't think it would be a far fetch for my daughter. I agree with you, and can understand your skepticism regarding giving the children medication. I hear teachers saying that half of the students in their class have ADHD which really makes you skeptical. I appreciate the responses and will have to post back how we are doing after I have tried some of these tips. It is interesting because I was trying to be consistent and therefore we have always been doing homework at the kitchen table. Who knew!

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Both of my boys, yes, BOTH, have been diagnosed with ADHD. We are consistent, and so with my first child, I was surprised when his teacher brought it to my attention. I am sad to say that before they were diagnosed, I thought the majority of children diagnosed with ADHD came from homes with little or no discipline, and parents just wanting medication to help control their kids. SHAME ON ME!!!!!! emoticon

I thought his ADHD behaviors were just normal characteristics of a boy! (wanting to run alot, talking all of the time, easily distracted when I read stories to him)

Our second child was diagnosed by a specialist, so he was able to give us some tips with homework. They have helped alot, along with a low dose medication to help him stay on task. I hate having to give him medicine, but it was either that, or he would continue to get behind and most likely have to repeat first grade.

Sorry for the long intro, but just wanted to explain a bit! The tips I learned:
* if he is getting easily frustrated, set a timer for 15 minutes (or less, like 5 min for little ones). When the timer goes off, allow a break of about 2-5 minutes. Let him know when the second timer goes off, its time to go back to homework. Do this until homework is done.

* get an exercise ball and have your child sit on it while doing homework. NO JOKE! If they're antsy, they can move around a little and this may help them focus more on homework. Be prepared for it to be a novelty at first and this may cause them to want to play instead! But it does work!

* switch up the homework site. Kitchen table one day, a desk in their bedroom the next, maybe even lying in the floor (not in front of the tv!). This will keep the environment interesting and doing homework may not seem so boring.

*make it fun! We use bath tub letters to practice spelling words, have "speed" games on how fast he can put the words together, we play scrabble, etc.

*Communicate with teachers! My first grader's teacher was sending so much homework, it was taking him 2 hrs or more each night! So, I told her that he was getting frustrated, crying and we were having a hard time completing it. I asked for her advise on how to make homework easier. I didn't criticize her techniques. Instead, the homework lightened up. Other parents had spoken out, too. Now, if none of us had said a word, there wouldn't have been a change.

So there are my few tips. I hope it helps!

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Thank you so much for your post. This past week I received 3 e-mails from my daughter's math teacher reporting that she is struggling and also the teacher does not feel she is paying attention or maintaining focus in class. We are going to have a meeting next week.
I will bring up the topic of homework and find out her expectations. It would be a huge relief not to have to spend this ridiculous amount of time on homework. I also signed my daugher up to recieve math tutoring which hopefully will help her.


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That is a RIDICULOUS amount of homework for anyone not in a college prep high school - let alone 2nd grade. I have a senior in hs (who is taking advanced level coursework and has struggled with attention) and a first grader and neither takes that long to do homework. My first grader's school gives us a guideline that homework should take approximately 10 mins per grade each night....that means a 1st grader should take about 10 mins and a 5th grader less than an hour (not including nightly reading!)......I would ask the teacher then the principal what the expectation is (I would be shocked if this is what they expect) and then ask for their help in figuring out what to do. Some things that we did with our oldest in the past:

1. just stop after so many minutes and turn in what is done
2. prioritize and start with most important homework
3. work with teacher to see if student is in right spelling, math, reading groups....if the homework is too hard they don't learn anything

Kudos to you for recognizing that this can deteriorate her self esteem (and for your patience!!!). Go get some help.....there is no reason for both of you to continue to struggle! Good luck!

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I'm a little surprised that I haven't seen in these replies what I consider to be some of the "standard answers".

1.Make sure there is a specific place set aside for homework.

2. Make sure there are supplies easily at hand (pencil, crayons, glue, scissors, erasers, rulers etc.) This will reduce the wandering and help maintain focus.

3. Make sure to remove as many distractions as possilbe. (Turn off the T.V. and radio, send children not working on homework to another room or outside.)

I'm glad to see some of the other "standard answers in here though:

4.Set a routine,

5. Give positive reinforcement.

6. Remember they are still children and have a limited attention span.

I have a 7 year old and a 2 year old. My 7 year old absolutely LOVES her teacher this year and will tell me things like "My teacher will miss me today while I'm at my doctors appointment." I can't tell you good that makes me feel to know that my child has a fantastic bond with her school teacher.
Both my girls have a progressive genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis. As a result we have lots of doctor visits we end up missing school for, and we have 30 min. before school and 30 min. after school everyday commited to respiratory therapy.
Most days when my daughter gets home from school her schedule is:1.go to the bathroom 2. take her respiratory medication/treatments while spending time on the computer (pbskids.org, spellingcity.com, nickjr.com etc.)3.do her homework.

Somedays homework goes well, other days it's filled with complaining. The best motivation to finish quickly though is the possibility of having friends come over to play until dinner time when she is done.

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It was nice to read that I am not alone in having homework struggles. My oldest is 7 and in the 2nd grade. There are nights that we are at the table for 2 and a half to 3 hours. Without exaggeration. It is beyond ridiculous. I try to keep the other kids out of the kitchen so I can devote my time to Kaitlyn and help her to get the work done so she can relax for awhile. She goes to tutoring on the weekends too.
I feel so bad for her. I am always very positive and supportive and tell her I am proud of her. However, she is starting to get hard on herself. The other day she came home with a failing math test and was "embarrased" to show me. Any suggestions to help make sure her self esteem doesn't get shattered???

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These are all great tips! Thanks everyone. It helps to be enthusiastic about it as the parent. I will get excited and tell them how the homework will help them reach their goals - like participating in baseball and soccer for the year and becoming a scientist (my son loves experiments) and pediatrician ( my daughter loves babies and toddlers more than the average girl). So far it works and they do their homework and keep up straight A's.
I am in school; currently getting my bachelors and plan to be certified as a teacher after that. Whenever they complain about homework, I just show them mine and how many people are in my online classes. It calms them down and I say all the work pays off in the end. That is why we volunteer to go to college, for the rewards!

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Gals, my heart goes out to each one of you...here in Canada, the homework crisis is much different. We used to complain, but not anymore. I have a son in grade 2 and a daughter in grade 4 and they have no more than 10-15 minutes a night of homework each.

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My daughter is only in K so not much to ask about with her homework help!

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Dunlap's response resonantes with me in 2 very opposite directions---

I completely agree that different children have different needs. While one of my children (11) is very self-motivated and conscientious and I can trust him to take a break before doing homework, the other child is not yet mature enough (9) to handle the responsibility. Our routine seems to have evolved into emptying the bookbag upon coming home so that we aren't surprised by anything that will take a significant amount of time to complete. Beyond that, the 11 year old can direct himself while the 9 year old is under my direction (I often cut the work into chunks and allow breaks in between the chunks of work).

As to the point about finding what is valuable to the child so that the parent can withhold it, I've tried that and it has failed. My 23 year old can attest to having everything---except the bed--taken from her room along with the door itself! She is no longer motivated by "things" because her defense mechanism was to quit valuing anything materialistic. While this sounds ideal, it is actually a double edged sword. With my younger children, I find that incentives work better so if they can maitain good marks, they will earn the privilege of XYZ for the next report period, and so on.

Hope this helps.

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My son is 8 years old he comes from school goes to the restroom and comes to the dining room table to do his homework right after school. It took me a wail for him to do this like his first grad but then he got just to i don't need to tell hem what to do.



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1. Absolutely, talk to the school about reassessing his IEP.

2. Yes, talk to his teacher. Some school districts now have websites where parents can log in and view their children's homework assignments and progress.

Also, find out if there is some kind of homework help or peer support at the school. Sometimes having kids of an age (or older) to help out motivates more than just having parents and teachers "getting on their case."

3. If he is going to lose priveleges, make sure that it is meaningful to HIM. My children are only just outgrowing time-outs and we are using loss of privileges for some offenses. For my daughter, this means losing computer time. For my son, this means losing movie privileges.

Good luck! I hope that things get better for you and your son.

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Ok, I've read almost every single post on here...

My fourth grade son has decided to let his grades fall from A's to F's. He hates school now. I know a lot of it stems from the last two years, where school was horrible; poor teachers and misbehaving children. I also think part of it is his unresolved issues with speech/language... when we moved to Texas, they took him off his IEP. :(

I just don't know how to help him. I have some ideas. Let me know what you all think...

1. Talking to the school about reassesing his need for an IEP. (We're in a different school district now.)

2. Talk to his teacher about possibly writing out his homework for us, so we know when he's not bringing it home.

3. When the grade reports come home, if they are not at least passing, he loses priveleges. Not sure what...


Any ideas?

:) Shawn

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My oldest is in 1st grade. We really struggled with homework at his previous school because they assigned so much reading that it would take close to an hour to get just that done.

Now he is at a new school with a better (read: more appropriate for his grade level) reading program. He is given weekly homework to do, so we have the flexibility to work on one or two worksheets a night, practice spelling words and do some reading without stressing out the whole family.

After trying several different times to do homework, we moved his bedtime back 1/2 hour. So while my husband puts the two younger kids to bed, I sit down with Hunter and work on his homework. This way he isn't distracted by the other kids while he is working and the work gets done really quickly.

I have also found that he is very alert and willing to work in the mornings. Since his bus doesn't pick him up until 8:30, we usually have time after breakfast to review spelling words or his high frequency reading words before he heads off to school.

We'll see how things work as the other kids enter school and have homework of their own!

Oh, he also responds really well to rewards. Since we work at night before bed, his motivation is to get his work done with enough time to left over to play on the computer or watch a little TV.

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I think it depends on the child. My son (2nd grade)is a come home get the homework and get it out of the way kinda guy. So thats what we do. My daughter is a come home, relax, unwind and not think about school for a while.(4th grade) so thats what she does. It usually takes my son about 15 minutes and my daughter 40.
Our school has the 10 minutes per grade for homework also. I talked with the teacher about the math. I refuse to have her do 200 math problems at night after going to school al day. She did 100 and we timed it for 5 minutes and I notified the teacher of our decision to do this. It is school policy and if all the kids are not getting the same kind of treatment reguardless of there abilities or disabilities it is still policy.
My son is in a special class for math reading and spelling and in regular classes for social studies, science and health. I sware I thought that kid was never gonna learn to read. He has an IEP and his teacher called me a few weeks ago. She was affraid of him getting ulsers because he fretts so much about getting 100.s on his spelling. She wanted to know if I payed him for A's which i dont!!! ....I had to sit down with him and tell him its ok to not get 100. Just do your best. The teacher requires them to write the words everynight and bring them to school. Should have seen her response when he said did you get my moms email for spelling. He wrote his words on the bathroom wall in the tub in shaving cream and made me take a pic. and send it to her. He is a riot. I had to get creative. With activities sometimes thats the only time he had to study those words. he is a fun kid. He has all a,s and loves school.

Then there is the daughter....oh how i adore her, most days!!!! She is my creative child. I finally had to get creatice with her.Like i said she is in 4th grade and it is a jungle in there. Its a social nightmare and a hormonal raging environment and wow am I glad i am not a teacher!!!!!! She changes classes now and has a different teacher for science and reading and english. She struggles with reading and english alot. She doesnt bring stuff home to do she lies about not having homework. I have to police her all the time. If I slack off she is in a spiral of freedoma and yea its not good. I have taken everything from her. At one point there was nothing wlse to take away from her. I took Hair gel. Yes you read it right.

Every kid has ther stuff they value. Unfortunatly when we are dealing with restrictions we have to get drastic. The principal laughed at me but hey whatever works.

My question is this. When are we supposed to have time as parents to have fun with our kids. Isnt teaching our kids to prioritise important???I miss the fun stuff. I dont know the answers but i know what works for my kids after much searching.
Shaving cream is cheep and they have alot of fun doing that. Sometime we use cornmeal and a cookie sheet to. They think thats fun. As for my daughter....the hair gel worked. Good luck

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I am a working mom, who gets home at like 5 pm with my daughter. That gives me baout 3 hours to: do dinner, do dishes, do next days lunch, give daughter bath and help her with her homework. She has about 45 minutes per night of homework in grade 1, but school recommend only 30 minutes. It's hard to manage all that, but I find the best time for me is right after dinner, while I have my coffee. Her homework is at the stage (grade 1) where the parent needs to sit down with the child for everything!).

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My daughter cmoes home, has a snack and some relaxing time, then does her homework. By the time she's done dinner is ready, then after that she finishes anything that was left undone, then gets to watch tv for a little while. She has an 8:30 bedtime, but she goes in a does her 30 minutes of reading homework in bed, then lights out at 9! It really helps having a schedule. Whenever we stray from it, homework is undone, papers are unsigned, etc.

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Thank you for sharing your ideas and tips everyone!

You don't fail until you stop trying & failure is not an option!


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I agree with PATTIPOSSIBLE; I do the same thing with my two boys. Give them some "down-time"; their just like the adults, they have long hard days too.

Once they've had time to recharge, then we tackle the homework together. It lets them know Mom is there for them and willing to support them when they need it. emoticon emoticon

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It was so interesting reading all these posts. It shows me what a range everyone faces with their children and their schools! This week Ihad open house for my son in middle school and then my son in high school. The most refreshing moment came when my middle school son's math teacher said after your child has been working on homework for 30 minutes, you can sign off on it and say s/he is done if half the work has been completed. I was impressed. She talked about repetition being the key to math success, but that some students simply take a lot longer to finish their work than others. This taught me (and I am a teacher also- just at a different level) to not be afraid to question the amount of homework your child has!

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We have good days and bad. Some times my son is right with it and it gets done very good. I need help figuring out how not to get worked up when it is taking him longer then I think ist should. I have been trying to walk away and do laundry and or dishes or something. Counting to 10 does not help.



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I have to give the kids a wind down period or homework is just a nightmare. They get 1 hour after they get home to chill out and have a snack. Then it is work time!

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I let my son watch just a bit of TV before having to get on his homework. Usually, the biggest problem we have is with him bringing home his homework.

We use to have problems with spelling. We had tried everything, then I found a program called "My Spelling Words" spellingwords.com/index2.htm and oh my goodness, it made such a huge difference!

He doesn't care for school, but I've tried to explain to him (he's 9 going into 4th grade) that schools important. And he'll be in school for 9 more years plus college and he'll have as much fun as he choose to have while he's there. So, it's not his favorite, but he doesn't seem to hate it.

I think teachers really make a difference. He loved Kindergarden. 1st and 2nd, not so much. 3rd grade was also pretty good.

1st & 2nd, he had a lot of homework, in 3rd grade, the only homework they had is what they didn't do in class (incentive to get their work done in class). Course he almost always had homework.

Oh well. A new year starts tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes!

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My son is 9 and he comes straight home and does his homework. by choice. I think he likes to get it over with.

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My daughter comes home so hungry after school that i let her get a snack and relax until dinner. When fixing dinner that's when I go through her papers and help her with her homework. She really doesn't give me a hard time about doing homework.

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