7 Tips for Helping Your Child with Homework

7 Tips for Helping Your Child with Homework

Having homework for most parents is a reality.  As parents having to help your own kids with their studies at home can be a challenge.  Especially if your child has a long school day in addition to any outside activities.  But there is hope!  Using these 7 tips for helping your child with homework will make homework time easier.

7  Tips for Helping Your Child with Homework

1. Set aside a specific time to study. The biggest challenge might be sitting down and getting started.   Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter when you choose to have your child complete their homework,  what is important is making sure it is done.  Try to be flexible in getting the work done.  You can have your child complete their work after school, or maybe if your child does better in the morning you can get up earlier and have your child complete their homework in the morning before school.

2. Set aside a place. Kids study better if they have a certain place where they can work. It doesn’t have to be exclusively set aside for studying—it can be the kitchen table—but if possible it should be the same place every night.

3. Provide adequate supplies and keep them where they are easily found. Nothing wastes time like a search for a pencil or paper. Ask them to write down what they need to do before they begin. This will help them focus. It will also give them a sense of accomplishment when they cross something off a list.

4. Eliminate distractions. Some homes are just naturally loud. To the extent that you can, create a quiet space.

5. Help them discover the working style what works best for them. Some people like to tackle one project at a time. Others like to go back and forth between projects.

6. Be available.  During the early years,  some children may need you to sit near them reading your own book to encourage them to continue. Be attentive to their progress and available to help with questions.

7. Remember that being organized isn’t the same as being neat. Some people work best on a clean surface. Other people need a lot of notes and books in front of them.

In the end the goal for having homework is to establish a time to reinforce lessons that were previously taught in school.  Its important that children learn how to stay focused until completion.

All the best,

Tania Sims

Smart and Snazzy Kids/Motivated Kids.Rocks

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