Making sure your child does their homework can be a chore in itself. With a few helpful tips you can help them breeze through all of those worksheets.
Set up a designated homework area
This area should be well-lit and distraction free. Common distractions include tv, loud music, and phone calls. Keep the area well stocked with any supplies your child may need such as paper, pencils, glue, scissors, etc.
Schedule a set study time
Following a schedule can deter some excuses and complaints from your child. Choosing the right study time should depend on when your child works best, some may do best directly after school while others need a snack or work better after dinner.
Time management is a key component of scheduling their study time. On nights with a heavy work load be sure to allow enough time for your child to take a 15-minute break every hour.
It’s also helpful to do the harder homework first and save the easy material for when fatigue begins to set in.
Monitor and motivate
Showing interest in your child’s school work can encourage them to continue doing their best. Ask about their assignments and tests, make yourself available for any questions and check over their work. Praise your child when they do well on an assignment, posting a test on the refrigerator and offering up compliments can go a long way.
Remember learning is the goal
Although sometimes frustration can make you feel that it would just be easier to do it yourself, that defeats the purpose of homework. While it’s great to be available to answer questions and make suggestions, it’s even more important to make your child think for themselves. Lead your child in the right direction but don’t give them the answer, after all it is their job to do the learning.
Talk with your child’s teacher to understand what is expected of your child. Talking with the teacher can be especially important when it comes to math homework, as some of their processes may be different than what you learned in school. While both methods may find the correct answer, trying to teach your child another approach than what they’ve learned in school will only increase confusion.