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 rather difficult, homework can turn out to be a nightly nightmare.
Here are tips to make homework less of a hassle for both the child and parent:
- Understand the importance of homework, and stress that importance to your children. Homework is not assigned by teachers as a punishment; it is a learning tool and helps your child develop self-discipline and academic skills outside of the structured classroom.
- Make sure the area where your child does their 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.
- Ask your child about their homework and show a true interest in their educational pursuits. If you are interested, your child is more likely to be interested.
- 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 learning 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.
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.