Here are top homework tips to make homework time a pleasurable experience for you and your children
Know your children’s teachers and what they look out for in a homework or assignment
As a parent and guardian this is only possible if you attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences regularly. When you do, you will get first hand information from your children’s teachers, about his or her progress in school. When you meet with your child’s teachers remember to ask them about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
Set up a homework-friendly area in your home
Homework time should be fun and not a chore. That beings said, ensure kids have a well-lit and fun atmosphere to complete homework. Keep stationary supplies paper, pencils, glue, and scissors within reach.
Schedule a regular study time
Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period while others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Find out which works best for your child and make the best of it.
Help them make a plan
When your child has a lot of homework or when there’s an especially difficult assignment to tackle, encourage your child to break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.) In addition, ensure that the environment is serene and conducive enough for him or her to thrive.
Make sure kids do their own work
Most parents are often tempted to help their kids out with the assignment but it is advisable not to make this a habit. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it’s a kid’s job to do the learning and do his or her assignments.
Motivate and monitor your child’s progress
Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns. Conclusively remember to praise their work and efforts. Mention academic achievements to relatives, as this is such a morale booster.