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How parents can help children find homework success


Most Valley children have started the new school year and back-to-school means back-to-homework.

CBS 5 News talked to education expert, Pearl Esau, the president and CEO of Expect More Arizona, on how parents can help their children succeed after school hours.

"One of the things parents can do – it sounds real simple – it's basically getting kids back into a routine. Sometimes in the middle of summer you can let things slide ... bedtime gets pushed back later," said Esau.

Esau says it's best to do homework around the same time every day.

"When they come home from school make sure they have a regular routine after school. So they have a regular time to do their homework and a quiet place to work. You can help them get organized, too, by making sure they have supplies they need. Little things like that make a huge difference," added Esau.

It's important to give guidance to children but don't do their homework for them.

And remember to reach out to the child's teacher.

"Make sure you have touched base with your kid's teacher. Take five minutes to say hello in the first week at school and ask about the goals for the year and how you can help them study as a parent," said Esau.

Finally, try to make learning fun.

"I'm a big fan of intrinsic awards. It's always fun to do the fun awards like favorite pizza place, favorite movie or ice cream. They are fun and if you set goals together you can reward your child for achieving those goals. At the same time, I love the intrinsic awards, too ... helping your child understand how learning now will be helpful to them in the future," said Esau.

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