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Parent Guide to Making Homework Easy
It's not random or coincidence that Homework Skills are part of every dyslexic, ADHD, and Autistic student's program at the NLC. There have probably been more tears spilled over homework struggles than over broken hearts.
Over the years, we’ve found that breaking up homework into small pieces relieves much of the stress and anxiety around homework. The following is a format for homework that has proven successful for most students who have traditionally struggled with homework.
- Warm-ups - Before jumping into assignments, we suggest one or two 'warm-up' exercises to improve focus and attention (2 minutes).
- Review Spelling/Vocabulary Words from the day before (3 minutes).
- Learn 4-6 New Spelling/Vocabulary Words (7-12 minutes).
- Assignment Reading - Limit assignment reading at this time (10-15 minutes).
- Math Games Break - This is both a mini break and a transition (2 minutes).
- Math Homework - focus on one problem at a time; write all steps neatly; Check each problem (15-20 minutes).
- Review the 4-6 New Spelling/Vocabulary Words - Include all new words from today and any problem words from previous day (3-5) minutes.
- Acknowledge Success!
Keep each task/section SHORT. Always keep the same order so that it soon becomes automatic.
It is so important to limit 'homework' to one hour (90 min for HS students). Students must know that at the end of their 'work day', they will not spend the remainder of their day struggling with MORE school work. If the student continues to struggle with completing his assignments, there may be other issues that need to be addressed.
If the student's assignments seem excessive, it may be appropriate to address the issue with the teacher or school leadership. If the student is on an IEP or 504 plan, it may be desirable to modify his assignments.
Limiting homework and breaking it up into pieces that the student can successfully complete helps build confidence, self-esteem and self-motivation by treating each component as its own success
"Homework Made Easy" and other important skills are included in a number of parent coaching programs, including, "Reading with Dyslexia: 10 Steps to Success".
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