Homework Tips for Parents

Homework can sometimes be a burden for children, especially when they begin to be given it and they have no idea of what is expected of them. This is where parents can step in and really help – children will be much more confident and successful if they have parental support at home, as well as their teachers helping them at school. Of course, the child needs to do the work for themselves, as that’s how they will learn, but parents being supportive and giving helpful hints and information will never go amiss. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

Speak to the Teachers

At the beginning of each semester parents should make time to speak to their children’s teachers to discuss what will be learned in the upcoming weeks, and, if possible, what homework will be set. This way, parents have prior knowledge of what to expect, and if it’s not a subject they know well already, they can have some time to get to grips with it. This additional research time can be useful when it comes to larger projects – parents can collate any necessary supplies as well as try to gain the knowledge to help their child out when needed.

A Homework Space

It’s important that children have a dedicated space to do their homework in. It should be somewhere away from the distractions of the rest of the home. It needs to be quiet and comfortable, and the TV should be off. There should be plenty of school supplies there including pens and pencils, glue and scissors, and a good desk and chair. Leave them to work, but be there if they need you – and always check over the homework before sending it back to school, just in case. You don’t need to fix the errors yourself. Just let your child know they are there and see if they can fix them.

Regular Study Time

You know your child best, and you’ll know when they are most productive. You’ll know whether they need to eat first, or whether they can get straight in from school and start their work. Whatever works best for them, make sure that that time is kept just for their homework, so that they can work at their best.

Discover Together

There will be times when neither you nor your child know the answer to a question. This is the ideal time to discover something together. The Internet is a great resource at times like these, when a question such as " what does indictment mean ?", can leave you both scratching your heads. Go online and work it all out, asking more questions as you go. This is a fantastic way for your child to start to understand the wider world around them, and you can be there to guide them through it.

Make A Plan

If there is a lot of homework to do, your child will be best off making a plan. Parents can help here. If a child wants to work for half and hour and then take a 10 minute break, parents can time them and remind them to put down their tools at the right time. They can provide snacks and drinks. They can make sure the child isn’t going to work too late, or forget anything important. It is also essential that parents set a good example and are positive about the work – you don’t want your child to have negative feelings about learning. 

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1 comment:

  1. I know homework can be important but I never forced my girls to do it, I encouraged and try to get them to do it but I wasn't going to have a battle over it


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