Good homework routines to end homework struggles

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Good homework routines to end homework struggles

The key to any effective homework routine is consistency. The particulars can very, whether the kids do homework right when they get home, if they eat a snack first, if they play first – that can vary. But the key is that the kids know that a routine will be done consistently, they will be held accountable for that routine. And once kids get used to that, then homework should become easier and easier. I recommend having the kids start their homework as early as possible, because if the hours go by and all of a sudden it’s 8 or 9 o’clock, then we’re in for some trouble. So the earlier the kids start, the more time they have afterwards to do some enjoyable activities and the more time they have to finish the work if things drag on. So regardless of the particulars that you and your child determine for your homework routine, the key, again, is consistency. And once you figure out what will be done in what order at what times, things should become easier and easier over time.

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Steve Reifman

Teacher, Author & Speaker

Steve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several resource books for educators and parents, including Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a TimeEight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8, and Rock It! In addition, Steve has created a series of shorter, e-book resources for educators, including The First 10 Minutes: A Classroom Morning Routine that Reaches and Teaches the Whole ChildThe First 30 Days: Start Your School Year with 4 Priorities in Mind, and 2-Minute Biographies for Kids: Inspirational Success Stories About 19 Famous People and the Importance of Education. He is also the creator of the Chase Manning Mystery Series for children 8-12 years of age. For Teaching Tips, articles, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit and subscribe at  subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, check out his two professional development courses for educators on, and visit his Teachers Pay Teachers page.

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