As we start another school year we consider the relationship between the child, school and home. Oftentimes, the conversation focuses on homework – the nature of the tasks that students are required to do outside of the school day. However, another important element is routine. In the photo above, students take part in a regularly scheduled reading time while at school. Routines help us manage our time. What regular times do you set aside for specific tasks at home? You can negotiate these as a family. A structure to support learning at home will help your child and over time, help them see the value in time-management. It is a strategy that they will learn – setting aside specific regular times to work on important matters. You are training them to manage their time, as well as ensuring that they consistently complete their tasks.

Supporting learning at home – routines