We should never underestimate the importance of everyday home life in generating pleasure, confidence and ongoing interest in learning. Indeed, some of the best 'homework' is to be found in:
Individual teachers decide the format and procedures for homework. This might be nightly or in contract form.
It enables them to consolidate what they have learnt at school, thus increasing the pupil's confidence and enjoyment of learning.
It allows for the fact that children learn and work at different rates and have different needs.
It gives parents opportunities to encourage, express approval, and in general, relate positively to their children.
It develops self-discipline by making reasonable demands and fostering long term habits of learning and planning.
Make homework time as pleasant as you can:
A predictable routine can help. Having a limited time and a regular place makes things much easier.
Encourage the child to work efficiently, and don't allow him or her to work on and on when frustrated and tired. Let the class teacher know there has been a problem. Then you are actively helping, keep explanations as simple and practical as you can. Demonstrate, encourage and express satisfaction. If you find yourself becoming frustrated and the atmosphere becoming tense, stop giving 'assistance'.