For many children, homework is not a favorite word or activity. In fact, it is often the one word that causes more conflict than most during the school year for both students and their parents. It is absolutely normal for children to resist homework. And this often leads to fights or anger that harm family life and the educational process.
To avoid this, it should be noted some recommendations as certain routines and create enabling environments, support and encourage children as they perform tasks and review with them when they have finished. Compliance with these assumptions generates motivation and incentives that are critical for small. This article provides tips to achieve it.
When they come home from school, feed them, let them relax, and then start a study session. No TV, No Video Games. If they have to use an electronic device, then it is for study and homework only. Don’t ever let a kid say they don’t have homework. Even if they have not been assigned something they can still study. Break down what your child is doing at school. If they are involved in an after school sport then it is Sports night.
1) Set a Regular Time Finding a regular time for your child to complete their homework is very important. The best schedule is the one that works for your child and your family. What works well in one home may not apply in another – every home and child is different. It may well be that your child works well immediately on returning home from school or alternatively; it may be that your child needs to play for an hour and then complete their homework assignment.
2) Outside activities, such as sports or music lessons may mean that you need to adopt a flexible schedule throughout the week. If there is not enough time for your child to finish his/ her homework, then you will need to discuss dropping some after school activities. You must show your child that homework is a priority. Also, teach them the importance of time management from a young age.
3) Pick a Study Place Ideally, a dedicated homework area is the best way for your child to focus. However, this may not always be possible. It is more important than the study area has the right components like study table, water bottle, etc.
4) Remove any Distractions A study area should not be next to a television set (obvious we know). Mobile phones should be switched off and social calls banned during homework. However, a phone call to a friend regarding homework will be beneficial. Encourage healthy discussions in their peer groups. Teach them the importance of group study. Some children do work well with soft background music (not a blaring stereo barking out the latest hits).
5) Set a Good Example Children will be more responsive to homework and studying if they see their parents undertaking tasks that require effort, reading and writing. Talk with your child about what you are doing even if is something relatively minor and simple. Encourage activities that have an educational application – for example going to the zoo, watching educational programmes on TV, museums etc and so on.
6) Show an Interest Discuss your child’s education at the dinner table, what did they do at school today? Did they have a lot of homework? Was it hard/ easy? These are all relatively simple points but they do instill a sense of support and interest. Always attend parent-teacher meetings to discuss your child’s work and it is a great support if you are able to attend school fairs, sports day etc…
7) DO NOT BRIBE: Do not try to trade with your children. Do not try to lure them for homework by offering material things.
8) Congratulate your child for effort. Praise them if they have followed instructions and understood everything they need to do. Brag about homework to other family members and friends. Seek help if it is needed. Do email the teacher if there are problems in homework land.
9) Frequently check diaries and so on to see if your child has been given homework that day or not. Chat to them casually to find out if they have been assigned anything for that specific day. Buy supplies and store them in an accessible place for your child to use when doing their homework tasks. Keep an eye on them as they are doing the homework periodically to check. Be a good listener, discuss any concerns, or questions immediately.
10) Remind your child- do not leave it to the last minute. Insist politely on them handing in homework on time.