How to get kids to do their homework independently

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How to get kids to do their homework independently

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There are several things you can do with your child to help him to become more independent with his homework. Our goal is to have children doing their homework independently by fourth grade. This ensures academic success in the upper elementary middle school and high school years. Parents need to remember however, this is a process and it's sometimes a journey to get there. Some of our children enjoy doing their homework independently from kindergarten, but most of our children do not. So I am going to give you 2 tips on helping your child to get through that process of ultimately becoming a child who can do his homework independently. Set up a routine as early as kindergarten and that routine should include doing homework in the same place, at the same time, in a dedicated work space every day. Between kindergarten and third grade, know that for many children it is hard to do homework independently. So take it in small chunks of time. Even a kitchen timer works. If your child can do 10 minutes of homework without your help, this is a major achievement. And praise your child for this.

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Nathalie Kunin, MEd

Educational Specialist

Nathalie Kunin has extensive experience teaching, tutoring and educating parents on how to help their children succeed academically. She founded Team Tutors in 2000 to provide students with one-on-one tutoring and comprehensive test preparation in their own homes. She works closely with students of all ages as well as many private and public school administrators throughout Los Angeles and the Valley.

Nathalie taught for five years at the Center for Early Education, where she also served as president of the Parent Association and as a member of the Board of Trustees. She is currently on the Executive Board of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, which serves the Beverly Hills public school district.

Nathalie lectures frequently on current educational issues and learning styles. She is an expert on the “eight styles of learning” and conducts assessments on children of all ages so parents can learn how their child processes information. She also consults privately with parents about their children’s preschool through high school academic issues. In addition, Nathalie is a frequent contributor to LA Mom Magazine.

Nathalie was born and raised in Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree at UCLA and completed her Master of Education at Cal State Los Angeles. She is the mother of two school-aged sons.

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