Proof Positive That Angels Can Benefit From Homework
Practice and repetition are important factors in helping Angels learn. My 11-year-old Angel, Juliana, completes Mom-appointed homework to reinforce what she learns at school. Homework also makes a strong connection between school and home.
The idea for homework for Juliana came from my 10-year-old daughter, Jessa. Jessa is a fifth-grader who can work independently. Juliana needs help to support her learning. One day as Jessa was doing her homework, she whined that, “Juliana is lucky she doesn’t have homework!”
Practice makes progress
When I thought about what Jessa said, the wheels started turning. Jessa’s statement made a lot of sense. Why hadn’t I thought to give Juliana homework?
Juliana’s former teacher made countless resources available to support skills practice. In addition to things I had made, I had a ton of other items to use for the task. The other thing I have done for great resource material is to buy products that are identical to those she uses at school.
When Juliana does homework, we work on one or two skills. Generally, we focus on one language and one math skill. I continue to use the old resources I have and rotate in any new worksheets they have used at school. We also read a book of her choice. For some added Augmentative and Alternative Communication, or AAC, practice, we use her talker for her to say that we are all done with homework.
The year that I added homework to our routine, Juliana’s teacher also began sending short homework assignments using picture exchange communication systems. The assignments were optional. However, since Juliana can experience skill regression, I was on board with the extra practice. We made the time to do the optional homework, and I think it was a good choice.
Having teachers and friends at your house
Initially, I had concerns about Juliana sitting still during online instruction, but her transition was flawless. Focusing and doing schoolwork at home was not a new concept for her. She was able to use the same skills for digital instruction.
Although she would start to fizzle out at lunchtime, Juliana was attentive to her teacher and did her work.
I think Juliana did so well during digital instruction because she was already doing work at home. The only differences were the new classroom in Daddy’s office and joining her friends and teachers online.
Because Angels are not always attentive, reinforcing skills at home is a great idea. Making the time, however, is tricky. Sometimes, I start the homework and my husband finishes. I also spread it out with breaks to do other things.
Like so many things in an Angel’s life, we just make it work. Finding the time for homework is well worth the long-term benefits I know the extra practice will bring.
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