Even kids who like doing homework can lose interest as the school year progresses and find ways to put it off or avoid it. But study time after school is essential to help your child remember what they learned that day and to give their day some order.
There is more to homework than just learning. Instead, it can help students set up habits and learn to act responsibly.
Micromanaging and nagging only upset kids, or they can’t do anything right. Think of yourself as a coach and fan instead.
Here are tips to help you get back on track and successfully help your kids with homework.
- Set up a schedule and do it early.
Schedule time for your child to work. Your household may do this before or after extracurriculars.
Work with your youngster to determine their peak energy and attention. This provides your youngster with schedule control. (Some kids require a longer rest after school, while others need to start immediately to maintain momentum.)
However, begin homework by 5 p.m.
- Call a friend.
From kindergarten, kids should have a list of three or four classmates they can call if they forget a task or want to ask a question. Friends who study together can help each other get the work done.
- Switch up the setting.
A simple workstation change can enhance a child’s motivation and confidence. Suppose your child has been working alone at a desk or studying in a nook. In that case, they may be more comfortable doing homework at the kitchen table while you cook.
If they’ve been working in a busy room, they may require a quieter location to concentrate.
- Keep the good comments coming.
Parents can fix their kids’ mistakes better because younger kids need to know immediately if they did something wrong. After that, tell your child exactly what they did well.
- Let your child express how they feel.
Let your youngster grumble if they’re unhappy with or crying over their assignment. Listen, sympathize (“Wow, that is a lot of work”), and reflect their thoughts (“You sound upset”).
Dolin thinks your child will be more inclined to accept your advice and focus on what has to be done if they feel understood.
Your youngster can also benefit from discussing class memories and directing them to the textbook. If they still need help, have them write the teacher a message explaining their confusion.
To Sum Up
Some subjects may feel too difficult even if you pay attention in class, prepare for tests, and do your assignments. Asking teachers, guidance counselors, friends, and family members for homework tips and assistance is acceptable. They’ll value your openness, and the majority are willing to assist.