How to Make a Homework Chart

Homework is given in elementary, middle and high school to help students take more from their lessons and learn responsibility. Creating a structured, pleasant homework atmosphere is essential to establishing a homework routine that is helpful and rewarding. A way that parents can encourage students to develop a homework routine is to make a homework planner or calendar, to be completed each school night, after the child has done their homework. Read more to find out how to make a homework chart.

Steps

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    Establish how often your child will be asked to do homework at the beginning of the school year. Most teachers tell their students or send home a letter to alert parents to the homework involved in this level of schooling.
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    Create an incentive system. For example, if 5 homework assignments are required in a week, you may want to allow extra play time, a family game or an hour of TV as an incentive.
    • The incentive should be chosen as something the child likes, but does not encourage bad behaviors.
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    Create a chart with 4 to 6 columns and many rows. You can use a word processing program with a "Table" function, or a spreadsheet program.
    • The columns should include some or all of the following: subject, assignment, due date, materials needed, time the assignment will take and a space to mark when the homework is done.
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    • The rows should be blank spaces for the child to fill in their homework chart. There should be enough rows for a week's worth of homework.
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    • Leave enough space at the top to write the week's dates. Leave enough space on the side to use a 3-hole-punch.
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    Add fun graphics or color to the chart, if the child is small.
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    Print out a batch of homework charts and store them in a binder.
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    Give the student a new homework chart at the beginning of each school week. Ask them to fill it out as homework assignments are given throughout the day and week.
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    Ask your child if they have questions about the assignments and all the needed materials before they begin their homework.
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    Check the homework chart after the student has completed their homework, to ensure that they are on track.
    • Checking can be done as frequently as is needed to develop responsibility and trust between you and your child.
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    Encourage your child to come to you with the homework chart once he or she has reached an incentive. Reward accordingly.
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    Keep old homework charts in a 3-ring binder, so that you can reference them if need be.

Tips

  • Give a young child stars or stickers to place in the "Homework Done" column each time they complete an assignment and show you their homework chart. It is an added incentive.
  • Encourage your child to create a homework area and time, where they can return each night. This will help them to create a routine and complete their homework chart.
  • Try not to schedule homework time on the chart right after school. Encourage your child to engage in exercise or sports to relieve tension and enjoy themselves. They will be more focused later on.
  • Praise your child when homework has been completed, in order to develop a positive attitude toward completing homework.
  • You can find a number of pre-made, printable homework charts online.
  • You can also make daily or monthly homework charts, depending upon the frequency of the homework assigned.

Warnings

  • Do not help your child with their homework, unless they specifically ask for help understanding a certain aspect. The homework chart is meant to encourage the child to do keep track of their homework and develop good study habits.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • 3-hole-punch
  • Printer
  • Binder
  • Stickers (optional)


Article Info

Categories: Homework Skills