School Days: Homework Help & Catching Up

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Find out how to get your child to talk about his school life and how you can help him finish his homework.
Air Date: 9/12/17
Duration: 19:05
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Adrienne Weiss-Harrison, MD, FAAP
Adrienne Weiss HarrisonDr. Adrienne Weiss-Harrison is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College. She is a board-certified pediatrician, who was in office-based pediatric practice before taking her position as Medical Director/School Physician for the City School District of New Rochelle in 1994.

There, she supervises the District's staff of Registered Professional Nurses and oversees the individual and public health school-day needs of the almost fourteen thousand children and adolescents who attend the public and private schools in New Rochelle.

Dr. Weiss serves on the faculty of the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice and Institute of Public Health as a Visiting Lecturer, she co-chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) District II Chapter 3 Northern Regions School Health Committee, and serves on the national AAP Council on School Health Executive Committee.

Dr. Weiss serves on the Boards of the American Lung Association of the Northeast and Westchester Children's Association, a local children's advocacy organization. She is also involved with community organizations in Westchester, such as Larchmont Temple and the Lustgarten Foundation's spring Pancreatic Cancer walk in Rye, NY.
School Days: Homework Help & Catching Up
School's back in session. Your child is back to living an entire life outside the home. You want to know what's going on in his school life. You also want to be able to help him with homework so he has academic success.

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Helping Children with Homework

When it comes to school work, it's important to teach your child habits they can use while working on homework.

That means designating a regular location and time to work on daily assignments.

Some children get right down to work without much encouragement. Others need help making the transition from playing to a homework frame of mind. Sometimes, providing a ten-minute warning is all it takes to help a child get ready mentally, as well as to move to the place she intends to work.

There is no universally "right" time to do homework. In some families, children do best if they tackle their homework shortly after returning home from school in the mid-afternoon; other youngsters may do best if they devote the after-school hours to unwinding and playing, leaving their homework until the evening when they may feel a renewed sense of vigor.

How can you help your children with homework?

Bridging the Gap Between School & Home

Constant feedback for your child and frequent communication between you and her teacher are necessary components in keeping your child on track, and can make an enormous difference in how quickly positive results are seen.

Other than having a relationship with your child's teacher that allows for open and honest communication, it's also important to talk to your child about his/her school day.

Fostering a positive attitude about learning and going to school is crucial; this can help encourage your child to do well in school and want to learn new things.

How else can you help bridge the gap between school and home?

Listen as Dr. Adrienne Weiss-Harrison joins Melanie Cole, MS to share how to help with homework and how to get your child to talk about what's happening at school.


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