Tips for Parents Create The Right Homework Environment in Six Easy Steps

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(NC) - According to a survey, half of Canadian children are doing their homework in noisy environments. The survey, conducted by Ipsos-Reid for Kumon Math and Reading Centres, found that in 50 per cent of households, people are talking, the radio or television is on, or pets are making noise while children are trying to do their homework.

Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond, Educational Specialist with Kumon ( offers these tips for creating an optimal learning environment at home that even busy parents can follow:

1. Encourage good study habits from an early age.

2. Establish a regular time for homework. If there is no expectation that children do their homework at a certain time each day, they won't get into the routine.

3. Help your child focus by providing a well-lit work area.


4. Eliminate visual distractions such as clutter in the workspace.

5. Turn off the TV and radio to eliminate as much noise as possible so your child can concentrate.

6. Provide the necessary tools - paper, pencils, sharpeners, coloured markers and a dictionary - so your child's homework time won't be interrupted by having to search for supplies.

Dr. McGhie-Richmond says there's no reason why children cannot do their homework in the kitchen. But, because it's often the hub of the house, activity and distractions should be eliminated as much as possible to provide an environment that's conducive to doing homework.


- News Canada

These are the findings of a Kumon/Ipsos-Reid survey that was conducted nationally in Canada among 1040 Canadians who have children 6 to 14 years of age that attend public schools and do not have learning disabilities or special education needs. The study was fielded from August 19-27th 2004. With a sample of this size, the results are considered accurate to within