Homework Tips for Third Graders: How to Motivate Your Child

Robert Russell By Robert Russell, 20th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In the third grade, students are honing their reading skills and beginning to develop their knowledge of basic mathematical concepts. Learning good study habits now can help them perform well in school for many years to come. Parents can use various techniques and strategies to ensure that their third grader habitually checks over her homework before considering it finished from talking about the reason why homework is important to offering incentives for work well done.

Talk About Homework

Talk with your third grader about homework to help her understand why it is important to do homework well. Explain to her that double-checking her homework is a way to correct errors, mistakes or oversights and that it is not wrong to make mistakes. Discuss how everyone makes mistakes and that is a part of the learning process. Explain that going over homework a second time will also help her to remember important things in the lesson.

Homework Schedule

The National Education Association suggests that children in the third grade should do about thirty minutes of homework a day. A regular after-school schedule helps a child keep up with homework. Set a daily time for homework and keep a clock near the place in your home where he does his homework. Help him make a habit of spending the last five minutes double-checking the homework every day.

Public Homework Space

The watchful eye of a parent can help motivate a third grader and keep her focused. Setting up a homework area in a public space such as the living room, dining room or kitchen, allows a parent to monitor a child while she does her homework. It also allows the student to ask questions or seek help from the parent and allows the parent to gently remind her to check over her work.


Praise, encouragement and rewards can help motivate a third grader and keep him on track. If a child knows that doing homework correctly pleases his parents or results in a reward, he will be more inspired to double check it after completing it. Spend time going over homework with your child and praise him when he does well; let him know that you are proud of the work he is doing and reward him with treats such as a trip to a playground, watching a movie or his favorite meal.


Elementary School Advice, Homework Advice, Parenting Tips, Third Grade

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I play guitar professionally in a Cajun/zydeco band named Creole Stomp. We are a nationally touring band that have been together ten years. I also have a PhD in philosophy.

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