Does your child struggle with getting their homework done? Do they need a lot of help making you feel helpless when you do not know what they need to know? The good news is that there are things you an do to help your child with homework.
Homework should be an asset to your child’s education, not a constant source or stress or fighting with your child. These tips will help you help your child with their homework.
Create a designated homework space:
Creating a good designated homework space for your child can help to improve their focus and concentration while completing their homework. Here are some tips to help you create a homework space that works well for your child:
Find a quiet location: Choose a spot in your home that is away from distractions such as the TV, other children, or busy areas of the house. This will help your child to focus on their homework and minimize interruptions.
Provide a comfortable seating: Make sure the chair and table is comfortable enough for your child to sit on it for extended periods of time. a good posture and comfortable seating can help to prevent fatigue and back pain.
Make sure the area is well-lit: Adequate lighting is important for your child to be able to see their work clearly. If possible, provide a desk lamp or other task lighting.
Keep the area organized: Make sure the homework space is organized and clutter-free. This can help to reduce distractions and make it easier for your child to find what they need when they need it.
Personalize the area: Allow your child to personalize their homework space with their own decorations or personal items. This will make the space feel more like their own, and they will be more likely to enjoy spending time there.
Provide necessary tools: Keep supplies like pencils, erasers, pens, rulers, paper, and other necessary tools within reach so that they are easily accessible when needed.
Minimize interruptions: Let your child know that when they are in the homework area, they should be left alone and not be bothered unless it’s an emergency.
Set a regular homework time
Setting a daily routine that puts homework as a priority is a great way to help your child get their work done consistently. If your child doesn’t have homework on a particular day this time can be spent studying or even reading for fun to help keep this time slot open in your families schedule.
Break down larger assignments into smaller tasks
Teachers often assign large projects that take a long time to finish. Breaking these projects down into smaller chunks that can be worked on bit by bit is one of the best things you can do to help your child get through these assignments and never have to worry about last-minute projects because your child knows you will help them break it down into manageable chunks.
Provide materials and resources
Ensure your child has the materials and resources they need to complete their homework, such as paper, pencils, and a calculator. Also, consider providing resources like educational apps, books, or videos that can help explain difficult concepts or provide additional practice.
Reach out to your child’s teacher to understand what materials and resources are required for the homework. They may be able to provide additional resources or recommend websites or textbooks that can be used at home.
Your local library is a great resource for educational materials and books. You can check out textbooks and other resources that align with your child’s homework assignments.
Set up a designated area in your home with all the necessary materials and resources, such as pencils, paper, a dictionary, and a calculator. This will make it easy for your child to access what they need when they are working on their homework.
Try to guide your child to find their own resources such as websites, videos, and books and help them to develop a sense of initiative and self-direction in their learning.
Be available to answer questions
Be available to your child when they have questions or need help with their homework. You don’t have to do the homework for them, but you can help them understand the instructions or explain a concept they’re struggling with.
You may not have all of the answers to help your child but you can always take the time to learn how to do what they are struggling with alongside your child with free programs like Kahn Academy or help them use google to find answers they are struggling with.
Praise and reward good effort
Be sure to give your child positive reinforcement when they complete their homework or make an effort to improve. Praise their efforts, help them see their progress, and if possible give rewards for their good efforts.
If you have a very reluctant learner you can use rewards to get them to work on their homework. This can be a reward for the final grade or simply for turning in their work on time.
Lead by example
Studying is never a child’s favorite thing to do. Like with other parts of your child’s education such as encouraging them to read you need to lead by example with your child. Let them see you taking the time to learn every day. Not only will this help them build a routine but it shows them that learning is worthwhile even as you get older.