Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress Free Homework

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This book is for any parents who has ever experienced stress, self-doubt, and anxiety over their child's homework. In Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework, Dolin, an educator with over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience, reveals the core problems that lead to homework struggles and identifies six key types of students, who struggle with school and homework, offering lots of proven strategies to help each type.

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This book is for any parents who has ever experienced stress, self-doubt, and anxiety over their child's homework. In Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework, Dolin, an educator with over 20 years of teaching and tutoring experience, reveals the core problems that lead to homework struggles and identifies six key types of students, who struggle with school and homework, offering lots of proven strategies to help each type.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780971460980
  • Publisher: Advantage Books, LLC DC
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 268,000
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Do your kids--or you--have problems with their homework?

    Do your kids have problems with their homework? There seems to be great disagreement about the question of homework. Some believe that students need more and more homework so that they can be prepared for the workforce and our nation can compete in the global market, while others feel that too much homework places undue pressure on children, takes away from other equally important activities, and just keeps them from being kids. Regardless of the debate, if students are in public, private, or parochial school, they will likely have some degree of homework. A lot of students have little difficulty with homework, but there are those who find that it is very stressful both for themselves and for their parents. Author Ann K. Dolin has an undergraduate degree in Child Psychology with Teacher Certification for grades 1-8 and an M.Ed. in Special Education. After a successful teaching career, she founded Educational Connections Inc., to provide individualized one-to-one instruction based on each student¿s learning style.
    With over twenty years of teaching and tutoring experience, Dolin has written Homework Made Simple to help parents help their children to learn how to do their homework, thus taking the stress out of the homework experience. In the preface, she recognizes that ¿there is no one cure-all for homework challenges.¿ Thus, she seeks to share solutions that are diverse and reflect the specific problems that different students encounter. The book is divided into three sections. In Part I, ¿Getting Started,¿ the three chapters deal with finding the real problem, how parenting styles affect homework, and some principles that will work for all kids. The six chapters of Part II contain almost 100 ideas to choose from for solving frequent, but challenging homework problems for the disorganized, the rusher, the procrastinator, the avoider, the inattentive, and the easily frustrated. Part III concludes with three chapters discuss improving study skills, which includes a very interesting discussion of learning styles, handing difficult situations, and putting it all together. There is a list of resources at the end for those who would like more information. Did you know that studies shows that students who go to bed right after studying retain more information than those who engage in activities such as listening to music, watching TV, or playing video games? That¿s just one of the tips that you¿ll find in this very useful book.
    Homeschooling families probably don¿t have much problem with actual ¿homework¿ per se. However, I have heard complaining by frustrated homeschool parents about how their children were not doing their homeschool work, and even as a homeschooling father myself have experienced the same thing, so the tips, tools, and solutions that Dolin suggests in the book can undoubtedly be applied to the homeschool situation to great benefit as well. I highly recommend this book for parents of any school-age children, whether in institutional schools or in homeschool.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Homework Made Simple is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

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    The place to start for homework help

    If your child is having trouble with homework, there are many books available that can offer advice. Why choose Homework Made Simple by Ann K. Dolin? There are several features that make this book stand out among the others. One is that the book will be helpful to any family regardless of parenting style, home situation, or the particular issues that are getting in the way of a child's successful homework completion. In fact each section of this book is potentially useful to all parents, even those whose children are completing homework without complaint. Good study habits, such as being organized and effectively managing time, will serve kids throughout their lives. Homework Made Simple is also easy to use. Dolin is clearly qualified to write about organization. This book is extremely well organized! Dolin includes every necessary detail-- right where you would want it-- but never repeats herself and never includes extraneous information. Dolin gets right to the point and offers suggestions that parents can apply immediately. Dolin's suggestions are concrete and specific, but flexible enough to work in a variety of settings. Busy parents who are anxious about their children will surely appreciate the clarity and efficiency of Dolin's style, as well as the ease with which they can refer back to the book and find the information they need. There are lists of resources in the back. The book is also filled with charts, sample checklists, and schedules, that parents will want to revisit. Dolin's tone, which is uniquely encouraging and empathetic, is another reason to choose this guide to good study habits. Dolin is a former teacher, with a Master's degree in Special Education, who runs a successful tutoring business. She is clearly an expert in her field. The author's tone, however, is not one of an expert telling parents how to do it right. She is more like a friend offering suggestions that have worked for her over the years. Dolin is respectful of the many challenges that parents face each day. Though she believes that parents can make a big difference in their children's school achievement, Dolin never implies that problems are the fault of the parent. She acknowledges the range of obstacles that families may be facing with empathy, and then offers practical suggestions to address some specific issues. Dolin encourages parents to try a few of the systems and routines she describes, not all of them at once, so beginning the process should not seem daunting. Dolin's encouraging tone will help parents feel capable and empowered. When parent and student have begun to experience success and are ready to try more of Dolin's suggestions, it will be easy for them to find the information they need in Homework Made Simple without having to waste time searching for it in the book. Homework Made Simple is a step-by-step outline that will make the job more manageable. Dolin has done some of the work for her readers by trying different strategies and finding the ones that work best, and also by researching materials that can help. Parents who are ready to do what it takes to support their kids will appreciate having a place to start and an encouraging coach. Most of all, they will appreciate seeing that their efforts make a difference. Quill says: The place to start for any parent whose child is struggling with homework.

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