Homework can have many benefits for young children. It can improve remembering and understanding of schoolwork. Homework can help students develop study skills that will be of value even after they leave school. It can teach them that learning takes place anywhere, not just in the classroom. Homework can benefit children in more general ways as well. It can foster positive character traits such as independence and responsibility. Homework can teach children how to manage time.
Research also shows that parent involvement can have a positive impact on the value of homework. Parent involvement can be used to speed up a child’s learning. Homework can involve parents in the school process. It can enhance parents’ appreciation of education. It can give parents an opportunity to express positive attitudes about the value of success in school.
For detailed tips on how to get the most out of your child’s homework, check out the brochure Homework Tips for Parents, especially pages 6-7-8, from the US Department of Education.