6. Family Book Group The benefits of reading school literature together and (at least some of the time) out loud are hard to beat. Your child will hear good readers and work on his own fluency and oral reading skills. You can discuss vocabulary, comprehension and critical-thinking questions on the spot. You'll also get to keep up with what he's learning without asking a hundred questions to which he'll give a one-syllable answer. And perhaps best of all, shared reading is a form of homework that increases family intimacy instead of taking away from family time. In our household, we alternate between reading aloud and silent reading that we discuss afterward.
7. Independent Study If your school doesn't assign homework in the younger grades, Goldstein suggests creating an occasional family homework project for which you and your young children do research at the local library and over the Internet. Consider researching a place you are going to visit on vacation, for instance, or select a topic that is of high interest to your child. Let different family members take charge of different aspects of the project. In addition to helping your child learn homework skills, the project will let her know that learning is fun, relevant and something families do by choice.
- Seven Steps to Homework Success: A Family Guide for Solving Common Homework Problems by Sydney S. Zentall, PhD, and Sam Goldstein, PhD
- Taming the Homework Monster: How to Make Homework a Positive Learning Experience for Your Child
- by Ellen Klavan