Most kids would rather do anything than homework. Often parents have to get involved to make sure assignments are completed and material is reviewed. If there are struggles in your house about homework, you are not alone. Here are 9 ways to offer homework help to your child.
1. Double check assignments and materials – Make sure your child gets in the habit of double checking that he or she has homework assignments written down correctly and neatly while at school and brings all books and materials home to complete homework successfully.
2. Do the easy stuff first – In general, it’s a good strategy to complete any assignments that come more naturally to your child or do not require as much time, work or thought. They may need to knock out whatever is easy to them in order to build confidence.
3. Find the right time – You may think it’s best to complete homework right away but some children can actually focus best at 8 p.m., others have to do their work early on in the day. Try to understand their work strategy. You can’t assume that your child works how you do.
4. Make a plan –On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary—and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
5. Create a homework station – Provide an organized area with minimal distractions where your child can complete homework. Have all necessary supplies such as a stapler, scissors, glue, tape, highlighters index cards and pencils organized at the station. See our Pinterest page for some great ideas!
6. Use checklists and planners – Many elementary schools supply planners for student use and require parents to sign them each day. Review the daily notes in your child’s planner, and show how the planner can be used to keep up with long-range deadlines. Encourage older students to make use of technology to maintain their deadlines. Try Trackclass a free online tool. Learn more in Online Resources.
7. Try the pizza pie approach – Each homework assignment is a slice of the pizza pie that needs to be put it together. Having a visual concept like that helps some children who are visual learners, and it makes them feel like we have a goal. Sometimes kids struggle with seeing the bigger picture of why they are supposed to do a certain task, so giving them something to work toward helps. Make a pizza of laminated colored paper and write assignments on the pieces with dry-erase markers so you use them every day. Or draw your own pizza pie on a dry-erase board.
8. Assess the amount of homework – If your child is really struggling with the amount of homework he or she is expected to do, it’s a good idea to check in with the teacher. First, find out home much time it should be taking your child to complete homework. If your child is spending much more time than you may need to ask the teacher for different ways for your child to complete the assignments, whether it is less problems or ways to customize the work for your child’s learning style. Of course, we are here to help students complete their homework, learn new material and become confident learners.
9. Work ahead – Get assignments in advance and have your child work ahead, even if it means carving out a block of time on the weekend. Advance planning and knowing what comes next can really pay off in the classroom. Our tutors will often teach concepts ahead of our students’ teachers so that they will be ready for the next assignment.
Good luck with homework time! If your child needs some extra help, please contact us today.