You can maxim your child’s academic success by staying informed and involved with your child’s homework and assigned projects. You can effectively show your child the importance of sticking to a problem until the correct answer is achieved and praise her for her completion.
Homework is an important part of your child’s learning experiences and if they do not come home with homework on a regular basis it would be worth your time to speak to her teacher. Families may make the most of homework time with these four useful homework tips.
- The Right Timing
- Private Space
- Music or Not
- How Much Help
Timing is very important and each child’s personality and temperament must be considered. When some children get home from school they may need a break while others will lose steam if they do not sit right down and get into their books. You can learn what is best for each child by trial and error then you will be ready to create a consistent routine based what works best for each child; of course, your own schedule will also need to be part of the decision.
Space. A desk-like area is best for concentrating and doing their best homework. It needs to be in an area where there are little or no distractions. Therefore, a bedroom may not be the ideal space because all their toys are tempting them. A second location that may not be ideal is your kitchen table when there are other family members going in and out or through. Finding a consistent area away from distractions may be challenging but it is an important decision to make.
Off or on – music or not. Parents need to consider their child’s learning style and the type of music if your child enjoys listening to music while studying. Although a small percentage of children do do better with soft music in the background, the majority of children require a quite atmosphere. It is best to refrain from having TV noise or familiar tunes playing that might distract your children’s concentration. Instead, choose unfamiliar songs without words such as soothing classical music. This may, in fact, help the entire family and help make for a more relaxed meal time atmosphere.
And finally, to bring this article of part one of homework tips to an end parents need to be aware of how much help they want to offer. Each subject may require a different amount. You can be busy with your own work but still keep an ear out for a child’s question or to notice their body language when they might be stuck. You can always read together and help with directions. Go through the first few questions to make sure you child understands the concepts and then let her do her own work on an independent basis.
It is a good idea to check in now and again and if you notice several mistakes encourage corrections. But, remember, teachers need to and prefer seeing work with wrong answers so they can know where more teaching is needed. If your child can have a homework buddy she can be in some contact with this may also help encourage her to try harder, especially if she is struggling on one particular concept.
When you child’s homework is finished they may need some active outdoor play time or maybe she can help with meal preparation. Some children may just want to read or play quietly with a jigsaw puzzle.
Part 2 of this article will be posted on Wednesday, Sept. 28th.
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