• Make homework completion a positive experience: associate it with love and affection, freedom, fun and control.

    Provide support and praise for homework completion.  Be available to provide non-critical assistance.  Encourage your children to complete homework well enough that they have a sense of control over their own learning and levels of competence.  When a child dislikes a subject, find ways to make it less frustrating.  For example, set a goal of doing five math problems and then taking a stretch.  Never use homework as a punishment.  Set aside time for your children to share with you the skills and information they are acquiring.


    Make homework completion a high priority.

    Make clear that you expect your children to complete homework well.  Establish a study routine.  Children should be in the habit of studying at the same time and in the same place each day.  Have supplies on hand including binders, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, assignment books, erasers, a calculator, ruler, and computer.  Reduce activities if a child has so many commitments that there is insufficient time for homework.


    Use homework completion to teach organization skills and improve learning.

    Encourage your children to estimate how long it will take to complete each assignment and how much effort it will take to do that well.  This will help them learn to divide study time effectively.  Help your children learn to plan for finishing assignments on time.  Help your children expand their concentration time.  At first they may be able to concentrate for only 10 minutes.  Parents can help their children build up this length of time gradually, so that homework takes less time.  Encourage your child to circle the verbs in directions.  Have your child proofread and check for success or failure in answering the purpose of the assignment, legibility, neatness, spelling, complete sentences, and punctuation errors.  C.O.P.S.


    Provide and enforce logical and meaningful consequences.

    Display well-done work in a prominent place.  Sometimes children "lose" completed homework in their books or backpack.  Placing all completed homework in one folder in the backpack can help solve this problem.  If your child does not complete homework give them less control over where and when homework is completed and parents should check the quality of completed homeowrk every evening.  Provide support and genuine praise for homework completion and good study habits.