The goal here is to enable the child to solve problems independently, through concentration. You also can ask to be kept in the loop about quizzes, tests, and projects. This not only builds concentration powers, it builds creativity, critical thinking, resilience, and resourcefulness. Strategize for homework sessions. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework.
Parents might even learn a thing or two! My son recently spilled salsa on his math worksheet. If your son is frazzled by math problems he's been trying to solve for hours, for instance, suggest he take a break, maybe by shooting some hoops with you. Many children attend an afterschool program where, in theory, they are doing homework.
Showing your child that you and the teacher are partners, in regular contact, is essential. Encourage kids to reach out. Over time, this practice will help your child build an understanding that large tasks are completed incrementally. Keep calm and carry on. Encourage effort and determination — not just the grades they get. Some kids find it difficult to stay on top of homework after a long school day.
So how to help the avoidant child embrace the challenge, rather than resist it? By Erin Zammett Ruddy. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach. The first step, especially with kids 13 and under, is to have them do their homework at a communal space, like a dining room or kitchen table. The first step is to empower your kid by giving her a say in when, where, and how she completes assignments.
In my experience, the theatricality of being timed helps relax children who would otherwise feel daunted by a mountain of homework. A Parent's Supporting Role When it comes to homework, be there to offer support and guidance, answer questions, help interpret assignment instructions, and review the completed work. The sooner you intervene, the sooner you can help your child get back on track. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers.
Identifying what she still needs to do will help her to focus on the remaining assignments.
Keep distractions to a minimum. Some prefer to study alone, whereas others like to study with friends or family. Offer rewards Make homework rewarding by setting up some treats like staying up 10 minutes later, spending 10 minutes extra on the computer, or having a friend round. Allow for differences Children are all different and have different learning styles. If other children are in the home, they can all do their homework at the same table, and the parent can sit nearby to support the work effort. Most kids first encounter multiple teachers and classrooms in middle school, when organization becomes a key to succeeding.
Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. Most schools also offer portals or host seminars to explain the concepts being taught in each grade.
Mention academic achievements to relatives. Teach kids to take stock of how much homework there is and what it involves so they can create a strategy that fits their workloads and temperaments. Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice. Some prefer to study alone, whereas others like to study with friends or family. Let your child decide — but ensure they stick to it. Writing down what she has finished will give her a sense of satisfaction.
Parents might even learn a thing or two! Parents can give kids lots of homework help, primarily by making homework a priority and helping them develop good study habits. Many children attend an afterschool program where, in theory, they are doing homework. If your son is frazzled by math problems he's been trying to solve for hours, for instance, suggest he take a break, maybe by shooting some hoops with you. Stay nearby, to alleviate the loneliness that some kids feel — and to prevent procrastination. When you're helping your child study for a test, suggest some effective study strategies, such as using flashcards, or taking notes and underlining while reading.