What can and should you do to ease the homework burden?
Obviously, you shouldn't do the homework for your child, or give them the answers even though they might ask.
But here are some concrete tips from educators Carol Davis and Alice Yang from their book PARENTS & TEACHERS WORKING TOGETHER.
Maybe their ideas will get your children in a rhythm so that homework doesn't become a drag and a source of arguments at home! Give their ideas a try!
SPOTLIGHT: HEALTHY HOMEWORK
What if you have homework and:
Most teachers are open to you emailing or calling them if your child is repeatedly struggling with the content or amount of nightly homework. But the subject is usually what the child has learned in school that day, so hopefully they'll have a basic idea of the topic. Most educators say they're hoping homework is a positive experience, but they're not looking for perfection. They usually send a homework page or notebook entry home with all the subjects listed that have homework assignments that night. So take a look every day with your child, ask questions about what they enjoy doing, what they're struggling with and help them brainstorm some answers.
Good luck taming the homework monster!