Kindergarten is the perfect time to work on routines for the family in regards to homework. Setting up routines regarding where, when and amount of time that work best for your family and child are important skills that will aid your child in being a life learner. This is the perfect time to get started.
This year your child will be expected to read daily. We will start with listening to reading for 10 minutes per day and increase that time to the recommended amount of time, 20 minutes per day, with most of the time being your child reading to you. This time should include the sight word stories and any homework stories that come home on Thursdays. If at any time your child becomes stressed with the reading try these ideas:
Split the time of 20 minutes into smaller more workable chunks. Try 10 minutes of reading then take a break and come back to complete the other 10 minutes.
Try different times of the day. If your routine has been doing homework when they first come home from school, try moving homework to after dinner or right before bed time. Sometimes certain times of day for studying are better then others. Experiment and find what works best for all parties involved.
Try different areas in your home. Is your child always doing homework at the table? Try a desk in the bedroom, or a comfortable spot on the floor. Think about your study habbits. Try some of the places you did most of your homework.
Try turning the homework into a game. Try sight word bingo, memory or tic-tac-toe. For more "game" ideas email me.