September 19, 2017
Homework time can be dreaded by parents and children alike, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some quick wins to make things easier…
Create a routine
Firstly, make a plan with your child on where and when homework will be done. Where possible, avoid distractions by encouraging them to do their homework in a room with no TV or computer games. Involve them in the decision making process, perhaps by giving them three options of when to do it so they can fit it around their other activities.
Have everything ready
They may want to have a set of homework resources so they don’t need to go and find bits half way through that will lead to distractions.
Agree the amount of time
Decide together how long your child will be working for each night (with room for flexibility depending on work load). If they are particularly young and can’t read a clock yet, use egg timers so they can see how much time they have left.
Let your child do the work
It’s often very easy for parents to help children a little bit too much. For example, if you’re doing maths homework, do the first question together so they can see how you did it, and then let them do the rest. Make sure the teacher can see that they have worked it out for themselves.
Ask for help!
The way that things are taught has changed a lot since many parents were at school, so if you are unsure of anything talk to your child’s teacher. If you don’t understand anything, be open and ask for help.
Doing homework can be a stressful time for both children and parents. Praise the good things and don’t worry if they don’t understand something straight away. Make sure you give them confidence and pull out the positives!
At Explore Learning we’re here to support the whole family. We often run sessions on curriculum teaching methods to help you understand what your child is working on. Contact your local centre to find out more!
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