Are you as stressed as your 6-year-old child about his/her homework? The constant nagging, losing patience and struggle to finish on time, can build an anxiety in the most parents.
Here are some smart tips to make them better organized, work independently and finally take the struggle out of study time.
Set a routine for homework
Your first-grader needs help in developing a routine that works well for him/ her. Keep in mind, that your child should not be too tired from school or after school activities and has enough time for free play. While after-dinner time works for some kids, other kids might find time right after school, more comfortable.
Setting a place and time for homework teaches them that homework takes priority over other activities and need to organize and plan accordingly. Be consistent about the routine. Do not hesitate to move over to pre- discussed consequences if rules are broken.
Cut down on distractions
You can improve your child’s concentration and thus reduce work time by removing distractions like TV and mobiles. This is another reason why picking the right time and place is important to make homework time more organized.
Never do your child’s homework
As tempting as it might be, never do your child’s homework. If for some reason he/she is unable to complete the work, write to the teacher the reason and apologize. But if you finish his/her homework you are laying the wrong foundation for future and telling him/her that it is okay to lie.
Be a good role model
Demonstrating that skills acquired in school make an essential part of everyday life can make your child more motivated to learning. Using addition and multiplication while adding up bills at superstore is a great way to encourage your child.
Show interest in your child’s school activities, participate in interactions with teacher and attend events. It can help you access your child’s progress and areas of improvement. Be in touch with teachers and other parents to understand what is going on in class and how to help your child succeed. But remember not to step the fine line between being supportive and over involved. Appreciations and rewards can also help to motivate him/her and show your support.
If you think that the school is sending out more homework than 1 hour everyday, you need to raise a voice. Bring it to the teacher’s attention if your child is slaving and finds it difficult to manage. Projects and models are fun to do together, but if you end up spending too much time and energy, you should bring it to the school’s notice too.
Parents, who take interest in their child’s studies without hovering, have kids that take responsibility and perform well. It encourages them to work independently and teach self-discipline.