Do not jump in to help him until he has taken these steps, and you will have given your son a valuable study skill.
You are right to be concerned about teaching your child good study habits.
In college, I recall articles and textbooks to read, and papers upon papers to write. Then there is me, caught in the middle of this love/hate relationship with homework.
As you can see, there is way too much negativity up there so I knew I needed to change something.
My son is eight-years-old, and he is in third grade. Homework definitely needs to be your son's responsibility. Don't sit by your child as he does his work, or you may find yourself sitting by him when he is a senior in high school.
Should I be sitting with him as he does his homework or should I let him work alone and only come to me when he has a problem? The more help you give your son now, the more helpless he will become.
First, I decided to completely scrap everything I’ve ever done with my 3rd grade homework, and thought about the basics of what I wanted my students to do while they were home.
I thought back to when I taught Kindergarten and used to give monthly HW packets from Kelly’s Kindergarten.
I knew I wanted the flexibility of giving a weekly packet out on Monday and not seeing it again until the following Monday (versus turning in a paper every single day for Ms. I wanted families to divvy up the work they wanted to complete at home, on their own schedules.
I knew I didn’t want them to spend a lot of time at home working on these because frankly they are 8 and 9 year olds who need a break too!