Some children view homework as a chore and your child might be one of them. Homework can be a challenging task for children at times and it may prove to be difficult to get your child to concentrate especially in a time where there are so many distractions like computers, televisions and PlayStation games. Homework is key I every child as it gives them an opportunity to independently do school work and help the teacher and the parents keep tabs on their children’s growth in school. Helping your child on their homework habits may help them gain positive habits and stop viewing it as a chore or an obstacle of fun and make the learning process more interesting. Here are some of the ways to help your child develop positive homework habits:
Do not be too helpful
You child needs to do their homework independently in order for you to test their capability. Once in a while when you see that your child is stuck and is completely clueless help your child by giving them an example of the question. Try to paraphrase the question to your child without helping the child directly. This way you will help your child tackle similar question even in class or in their test There may be temptation of wanting to do the homework for them so that your child will appear to have understood their work, avoid this temptation because you will be doing more harm than good to your child and it will reflect greatly in their class work.
Create a study area
Assign a particular place in the house just for studying and basically for your child’s homework. This will psychologically prepare the child every time they sit there they will be ready to do their homework. This will also bring order around the house and in your child’s life. They will also know where their homework is at all times and also make your child be accountable ad responsible for their homework.
Create a to-do list with your child
Allow your child to take the lead on this one. Just guide them on how a to-do list is made and let them prioritize their activities. Let them choose the best time they are comfortable to do their homework and the compromise with them. Go through your child’s list and correct them when they are wrong. Allowing them to do this will hold them accountable every time homework time has reached. The to-do list will also help your child have an order in their day to day lives.
Go through their homework after they have finished
Make time every day just to go through your child’s school work and learn their strengths and weaknesses and get to know their capabilities. This will help you know the subjects that your child will need your help when it comes to homework. Your child will also be excited to work with you if only you show interest because children are constantly seeking validation from their parents. This will give the child motivation to work extra hard in their homework because they know you will have the time to go through it with them.
Give positive criticism
When your child is doing their homework pass by and just check how they are carrying on with they are homework. Give them credit where it is due ad encourage them to take on more similar task. In case you see that there is something they are doing wrong do not criticize them as this will make them shy away from showing you their work or asking help. Instead of correct them with love and show them different ways they can tackle such issues.
Maintain communication with the teacher
Constantly communicate with your child’s teacher to know how your child is faring on in school. Get to know your child’s weaknesses and strengths not only academic but social limitations. Know which subjects are stressful to your child and which ones are their favorites.by knowing this it will be helpful to understand your child better and know when to intervene in school work which may also reflect in homework.
Nurture your child’s reading habits
Lead by example and spend very few time watching television instead create reading time for your family where a family member is required to read to the others a story before bedtime.it doesn’t have to be a long time just like one hour or thirty minutes before sleep and let the stories be very interesting to the children where they learn moral lessons from the stories they have learned. This will also help them view reading as a very interesting activity rather than a chore. This will also improve their vocabulary.
Reward with play time
Play time can be a good reward for your child. The play is not only a good physical but it is good for social and emotional growth. Always keep in mind that your child has also had a long day of studying at school and rest is also key when they get home. Help your child unwind with an activity that is interesting to them both indoors and outdoors. Give them some privacy and alone time to enjoy this activity because they need independent growth too. Invest in their play time as you do in their homework time. Get them the necessities and tools they may need to enjoy their play time. You can buy those toys, instruments or even games.
Give your child a break
In between the homework give your child at least ten to thirty minutes for rest and get them to refresh either by a snack or just interaction with them can also be constructive to them. A break also helps them get a fresh perspective on the homework they are tackling.
Let your child enjoy homework as they enjoy any other activity in their day to day lives. This will encourage positive homework habits that you have always wanted for your child.