No-one likes to take their work home with them – let alone kids. But in order to become the little geniuses we all hope they will be their homework has to be completed. Helping them get organised is the first step, and there are plenty of ways you can ensure it is done on time and to the best of their ability.
So with that in mind we have put together 5 excellent methods for helping kids with their homework.
1. Take an active role
We all want our children to do well at school and that also means taking an active role in their education. Today it is easier than ever before to keep up-to-date on how they are doing at school, as a lot of resources are now placed online. You can see what sort of grades they are achieving, set homework assignments, and just as importantly, when theyare due in by. When they come home with schoolwork let them know you are there to lend a hand if needed. That doesn’t have to mean giving them the answers, but your experience and support can go a long way in helping to guide them in the right direction.
2. Remove distractions
Just like adults, as soon as kids leave school they want to leave it all at the gate and get back to enjoying the fun stuff in life. But smartphones, TV and video games will only distract them while they are doing their homework. Keep them separated from these things until it is finished. As long as they know they can relax and enjoy the things they love once the homework is done, they are more likely to concentrate and enjoy their rewards after.
3. Create a routine
Setting a structure to your children’s routine can make all the difference in the long run. They will benefit greatly from having a specific time set aside for them to do their homework. Creating a set window for the work usually means they will be more productive too. It also means they appreciate the things they love to do once the homework is finished, while also learning a vital life skill on how to organise and prepare.
4. Establish a study space
If you work at home you know the comforts around you aren’t always conducive to putting in a hard day’s work. That’s why creating a separate space for work is so important. It’s the same for children when they need to sit down and focus on their homework. Create a quiet place with a solid work surface, good lighting and no interruptions from annoying brothers and sisters. They need space to think and establishing a place to study at home allows them to do just that.
5. Offer incentives
Homework may be boring to do, but you can make it rewarding for your children by giving them incentives. It can be anything simple from letting stay up a little later, giving them extra time on their iPad or PlayStation or just having a friend come round for a while. Motivation plays a huge role in not only completing a task, but also doing it well. A little encouragement from time-to-time can really help get them over the line.