Sometimes, to keep an eye on your child’s progress it becomes important to check his homework on a regular basis. We give you reasons why you should check his homework every day.
By Shashwathi Bhanukumar
Gayatri Pandya never bothered to check her children’s homework as she trusted them completely. Then, one day, she was surprised when her children told her that their class teachers wanted to meet her. “I went and met my children’s teachers. That is when I learned that they were not doing their homework properly and saw so many blank pages in the book. From then on, I made it a point to sit with them and make them do their homework, whether they liked it or not,” she says. Gayatri learned the hard way the importance of being involved in her children’s homework.
Project Tomorrow is a national education non-profit organisation based in the United States. Each year they use a research tool called Speak Up to collect information from teachers, students and parents. In a survey they conducted in 2016, 62 per cent of parents said that being updated daily about their child’s homework, assignments, projects and upcoming tests is one of the key factors in helping their child succeed in school.
Here are some important reasons why you should check your child’s homework:
1. Keeps you updated about your child’s studies: When you check your child’s homework, you get to know what is happening in the class and whether she is concentrating. You also get an idea about how much she understands of what is being taught in class. That way, you can stay up to date with what is happening in her school and studies. You will also learn about her progress in class and how you can help her improve on it, if needed.
2. Creates an interest for studies in your child: When you sit with your child and help him with his homework, you can gauge his interest levels in the subject. If you see his attention wandering frequently, you can find ways to make the subject more interesting for him. This will make him look forward to doing his homework.
3. Provides an opportunity to assist your child: When you check your child’s homework, you can ensure she is doing it right. “The other day, I checked my son’s maths homework. Half of the sums were wrong. I then sat with him and explained to him the process and then he got the hang of it. It was an assignment, in fact. If I had not checked his homework, he might not have scored as much,” explains Vandana K, mother of an eight-year-old.
4. Helps you underline the importance of studying to your child: Homework is usually considered as a chore, rather than a tool to gain knowledge and revise what the child has learned in class. “I sit with my son, no matter what I am doing, and make him do his homework. He complains; but, I try and explain to him through his homework that studies are very important to succeed in life. That is how we were brought up too and there is nothing wrong with stressing on the importance,” says Sneha Jha, mother of a 6-year-old.
5. Ensures better grades for your child: Whether you like it or not, doing homework regularly does play a huge role in the grades that your child gets. Some children rely on the solved answers at the end of the book, without actually applying logic while solving the problem. As a result, they find it difficult to solve the sum in the exam. When you, as a parent, check your child’s homework, you will know if she is putting in efforts to solve the problem on her own or relying on shortcuts. This will eventually help her score better in exams.
6. Builds a bond between you and your child: When you check your child’s homework, you communicate with him and help him solve his problems. This teaches your child that if he faces any kind of problem in the future, he can always come to you for help. Thus, it helps you bond with your child.
While it is good to check on your children’s homework, do not over-do it. Give them the space to understand concepts on their own. You should be available when they ask for your help.
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