Our preschool gives homework. How do I keep it fun for my daughter?

The National Education Association suggests that parents follow the "10-minute rule," which calls for 10 minutes of homework per day, per grade. Following this recommendation, your daughter would receive little (less than 10 minutes) to no homework at the preschool level. If you find that your daughter routinely takes more than 5-10 minutes to complete her homework or that it causes excessive frustration, make an appointment to speak to your daughter’s teacher. If you are comfortable with the amount and type of homework your daughter is being assigned, here are a few ways to make the process of completing the homework more enjoyable: Try giving your daughter a special pencil or marker to complete her homework assignments with, or let her write her homework on some fun, colorful paper. You might want to use a rewards chart so that your daughter can earn stickers for completing her homework assignments. Once your daughter has earned a certain number of stickers she can earn special end-of-the-week rewards such as going to her favorite park or choosing a new toy or book. 

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.