Sunday, November 24

HOMEWORK COMPLETION IN A SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM

"Can he do homework here?"


Today’s parents are faced with time constraint challenges, including their children’s increasing homework load. For this reasons, traditional after school programs are shifting their emphasis from recreation and play based learning to a more academic focus.


Many ECE’s have the background knowledge to help children complete basic school assigned homework.  They can help children get organized, and stay on track through the task of homework completion without a huge program change.

 
FIRST TWO STEPS TO SET UP AND MAINTAIN A HOMEWORK PROGRAM:
  • Gain approval from the program supervisor to initiate the process. 
  • Does your program have the time, space and resources to initiate the idea.   

 

NEXT STEPS


DECIDE on some guidelines for getting the homework done. Start time, duration, group or individual process, and will children have the choice to do homework or not?

BE CLEAR about your role in the completion of homework assignments.  An ECE should guide children through the homework process, not teach specific lessons or concepts. 

FIND A QUIET AREA in the environment that can accommodate a table with chairs. 



CREATE THE RIGHT ENVIRONMENT.  Put cans of pencils and pens on the table.  Have a tray with other supplies: rulers, calculator, stapler, hole punch, paper etc too.

DECIDE upon a flexible but consistent routine. 
DECIDE how to start each homework session: with a story, drawing, or other downtime activity?
DECIDE what will happen as the children finish their work.  Reading a book or novel is great way to finish up a homework session. 
 

FINALLY, allow time at the end of each session for the clean-up of materials.

There are definite benefits to offering families a homework program within a school age program.  Consider your options then forge ahead.  It is important for school age programs to change with the times, and be flexible to family needs.