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Homework Time that Works

Homework time is part of most afterschool programs, and too often, it’s more a problem area than opportunity for learning. Children come with different amounts of homework (or none), different skill levels, work habits, and energy for getting it done, and different expectations from parents and teachers. If you put children and their interests and needs (including their need to complete assignments) at the center of homework time, not just the homework task itself, you’ll take a big step toward making this time in your program work well. Set it up to be more like doing homework at home with friends than sitting in study hall at school. Older or more skilled students can help others. Kids can move around. They can study together, or mix in breaks with board games, or share resources on the computer. By thinking about homework differently, you can make homework time work for everyone.