Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.
Parents often ask, "How can I make homework less of a chore?"
As young children start Kindergarten or First Grade it’s the first time they have real homework. Very often the children are excited about homework because it makes them feel "grown-up."
Completing homework however, can sometimes cause a family struggle. Your child may not want to do the assigned work, or you may be unsure how to help.
Here are three simple tips to ease homework struggles for young children:
If your child refuses to do their homework, don’t do it for them! Often this is an attempt for more attention from you, or possibly a power struggle. Just calmly say "OK, but you will have to tell your teacher, Mrs. Smith, that you didn’t do your homework," then move on. Let your child face the consequences of dealing with class policy regarding incomplete homework.
The bottom line: Homework is your child’s responsibility, not yours!