In some households, it can be hard to motivate your children to get their homework completed accurately and in a timely manner. Whether your child is having a hard time concentrating or the subject matter is challenging, homework can turn out to be a nightly nightmare.
Here are tips to make homework less of a hassle for your child:
Teach about the Importance of Homework
Understand the importance of homework, and stress that value to your children. Teachers do not assign homework as a punishment; it is a learning tool and helps your child develop self-discipline and academic skills outside of the structured classroom.
Set a Fixed Time for Homework
Designate a fixed time for doing the homework. Be consistent and try to follow that plan as much as possible. Set aside a time that works well with your child’s schedule. Some children may prefer to do the homework in the afternoon while others may prefer the evening time.
Create a Conducive Environment
Make sure the area where your child does the homework is well-lit, quiet, and conducive to studying and academic pursuits. Remove distractions like video games and the television, so your child can focus on the task at hand.
Show a True Interest
Ask your child about the homework and show a true interest in their educational pursuits. If you are interested, your child is more likely to be interested. Set an example by reading a book or working while your child is doing the homework.
Help in Solving Problems
Discuss any potential problem areas with your child and work with them to find ways to make those areas easier to conquer. Review completed assignments with your child but do not give them the answers. Point your child in the right direction for finding solutions to problems or answers to questions.
Make Homework Interesting
Make homework assignments fun! You can create your own “homework” assignments for your child to complete that make it more of an entertaining challenge, giving them a goal to look forward to rather than more work.
Encourage your child by mentioning what they are doing well. Tell them about their improvements and avoid pointing out their mistakes. Staying positive will help in motivating your child and making homework time a positive experience for them.
Follow these tips to help your child complete their homework without any hassle.
Also Read: Concentration Building Tips for Preschoolers
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.