Does your child have a problem finishing homework? Do fight with your kid’s everyday to get their homework done? Do you devote a big part of your time and help them each night?
Homework is given to your child to help them practise what they have learned at school at home. It’s not supposed to teach them new things. Practice is important to help your child get a grasp on crucial skills. But the kids that need the most practice are the ones that find homework to be hard and too long.
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When helping (that’s the keyword) your child with homework make sure your child understands what the assignment is asking her to do. Also, make sure that she has learned enough in school to be able to do the homework that was assigned to her.
Where kids like to do their homework is a different story. A small desk can be the best place for some. For others, they may like to do it on the kitchen table. Wherever your child ends up you should be able to check up on her and make sure she’s sticking with her homework.
The time your child does their homework varies. For some kids, right after school works because it is still fresh in their heads. Some kids need to relax for a bit before starting.
If your child fights you on wanting to do their homework, make sure you don’t have an interesting activity planned afterward. Also make sure you turn off the TV and make sure they don’t talk on the phone with their friends (unless it’s about the assignment).If you have a noisy house try to have the family do something quiet during this time.
If your child takes time to start focusing or writes slowly, homework can take what seems like forever. Sometimes if you try to express your compassion she might try harder to get the homework done faster.
Children are more likely to complete homework and other assignments when the parents keep an eye on them. How closely you keep an eye on them really depends on the age of your child, how they can work on their own and how well she does in school. No matter what the age of your child, if assignments are not getting done, more supervision is needed.
Even if these tips don’t help you, just know that you are helping your child in many ways. You are ready and willing to take the time to help and you are trying to be involved in their education. No one can replace that.