Ann Dolin: Does your child always rush to finish homework? Rushing becomes a problem when your child seems unmotivated to do well and often turns in a work that contains careless errors.
There are a few tips that can get your child to slow down when completing homework. Consider establishing a dedicated homework time. It's a scheduled block of time each weekday that is dedicated to homework.
To determine the length of dedicate homework time consider that children should be spending 10 minutes per grade level on school work. For example, if you have a 4th grader, he should have about 40 minutes of homework.
So set the timer for 40 minutes. If he rushes and gets done it early or says he has no additional assignments, he can check his work, get ahead on a project, read it for pleasure or clean out his back pack.
Another way to scotch this habit is to express your expectations in writing before your child begins an assignment, not after. On a posted note, jot down one or two things that you want your child to be aware of.
Putting expectations on writing is far better than just saying them. With a few of these simple strategies, you will help your child curb their rushing habit in no time at all.