Homework Tips for your child
Homework can be hard for children in many ways to focus and complete their tasks. With so many distractions in our modern world, who can blame children for having difficulty concentrating and getting their work done. Visit any home with a school-aged child on a weekday afternoon and you're likely to find a stubborn youngster arguing about their daily assignments. Sometimes their daily extra-curricular activities can get in the way of the assignments being completed. Either way, some helpful tips on getting homework done efficiently can include:
- Designating a workspace for homework - clear away any non-essentials not related to homework and have all materials nearby
- Limit distractions - shut off the TV and put away all phones and electronics. Separate the siblings as well
- Pick the right time and stick to it - pick the best time based on your schedule and don't vary
- Use the teacher's way - try and stick with the method the teacher is offering their lesson, not the way you learned as a child
- Take breaks - some children can only maintain their attention for so long, so allowing for short breaks between subject matters are helpful
- Praise jobs well done - When you notice your child working hard, make sure to praise them. Positive reinforcement goes a long way
- Be helpful, but not too helpful - there's a fine line between helping a child with their homework and doing their homework for them. Encourage them to figure it out on their own with your helpful direction.
- Talk to the teacher - if your child's teacher is giving more homework than your child can bear on a daily basis, it may be worth it to speak with your child's teacher to come up with an individualized solution that works better for your child alone.