With the school year underway, you’ve probably heard the dreaded word “homework.” Homework doesn’t have to be drudgery. Here are some tips to make homework more manageable.
- Children should have a designated place to do their homework. Parents can help their kids set up a “homework-friendly area.” Make sure it is well-lit and keep needed supplies such as paper, pencils, glue, and scissors within reach. A good dictionary and thesaurus should also be handy.
- Set a designated time for homework to be done. This should be a time after kids have had a chance to unwind and have a snack. For some families, after dinner is a good time so that mom and dad can help with a tricky problem or answer questions their child may have. However, make sure the kids are doing the learning, don’t do their homework for them.
- Try to make sure there are no distractions like loud music or TV.
- Be involved in your child’s homework. Correct completed work, give praise and encouragement, and help your child with study and organizational skills.
These are just a few tips on how to make homework a time of learning and engaging. Remember to stay in touch with your child’s teacher. They are there to help. Now get cracking on those books! 🙂