Here are 8 reasons why homework is important to children’s learning and future success:

  1. Helps build responsibility. Homework helps children to take ownership of their learning and responsibility for their actions.
  2. Develops work ethic from an early age. Children need to understand the value of hard work and opportunities to form the self-regulation to commit to their projects and see them through.
  3. Improves time management. Children struggle to manage their time. The goal for secondary school students means eventually learning how to manage multiple tasks to fit it in their schedule, and plan which will take longer or shorter depending on their skill level, strengths, or weaknesses. Starting this process in primary school helps children begin to build these skills early on.
  4. Gives students confidence. Sometimes children need to attempt problems or exercises on their own and realise that independent success is an important part of the learning process.
  5. Enhances self-esteem. Once children gain confidence that they can complete an assignment or perform a skill independently, they build a healthy self-esteem, which is important to many aspects of everyday life.
  6. Teaches study habits. Children don’t start school already knowing how to study. Consistent homework can help children understand the importance of practice in order to secure or deepen their learning.
  7. Gets parents more involved in a child’s education. Homework allows parents to be more involved with their children as they work through specific activities. It also allows parents to let the teacher know if they notice their child struggling with any one subject or topic.
  8. Prepares students for professional careers. While most professions don’t require workers to take tasks home, there are indeed deadlines in the real world. Homework can help children prepare for the real world by teaching them to meet their obligations on time.

Further Information

Homework Policy
Do I have to read tonight?
Homework Grid

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