Power Hour is an interactive afterschool homework assistance program for children ages 5-18. Power Hour helps young people view homework as an opportunity to learn how to work independently, complete a project on time, and feel good about their accomplishments.
Research shows effective afterschool education programs have positive effects on students’ performance in school including, but not limited to:
Raised math and reading performance
Improved attendance and reduced dropout rates
Decreased involvement in crime
Improved behavior at school and heightened interest in learning
The afterschool hours of 3-7 p.m. are most dangerous for kids, as this is when they are most likely to be involved with crime, substance abuse, and teen pregnancy.
Many unsupervised children, after school, spend hours each day watching TV. Children’s television viewing has been associated with lower reading achievement, behavioral problems, and increased aggression (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2000)
Afterschool programs promote greater parental involvement in school, greater student engagement and greater student commitment to homework (W.T. Grant Foundation, 2004)
Homework Tips For Parents
Create a homework kit: Decorate a box and fill it with homework essentials-pencils, erasers, rulers. dictionary, thesaurus, beads for counting, paper, glue, scissors, etc…
Establish a homework zone: With your child, find a place in your home to do homework. Be sure to place is well-lit and comfortable. Decorate with your child’s work or an incentive chart.
Make a daily schedule for homework: Encourage your child to do homework at the same time everyday. Turn television and videos off during homework time.
Do adult homework: Go through the mail or make dinner. When you show consistency and routine, you help your child focus on homework.
Be a positive role model: Your attitude rubs off- make homework fun not a chore.
Help your child develop organizational skills: Help your child create a plan for getting all assignments completed. Once complete, help your child organize their backpack and set it by the door so it won’t be forgotten in the morning.
Watch for frustration: Let your child take a break or move onto other assignments if one is causing frustration. Go back and work on the frustrating assignment together.
Remember it is your child’s homework: Giving answers prevents your child from learning the material. Be supportive but let your child do the work.
Talk with your child’s teacher: Make sure you understand the approach their teacher takes toward homework. Discuss progress and your concerns with your childs teacher.
Encourage and reward: Praise your child for progress and reward for completion. Have your child place a star on the family calendar every time he or she finishes all homework assignments. When your child collects ten stars, recognize with a reward like making his favorite dinner or a trip to the park.
Celebrate a Homework Free Day: Friday or Saturday is an ideal day to take a break from homework and do a special family activity. Go for a hike, bake cookies, or watch a favorite movie together!