Many parents have no idea of how to help their children with homework. Most of all, we want our kids to do it easy. It’s a solvable problem, so let’s take a closer look at homework, how to do it, and what it is.
Homework: Help Your Kid Properly
First of all, homework helps children get new information, remember necessary data, as well as asses their skills and learning progress. There are many different approaches to homework. Almost every school has its own policy regarding homework. Different teachers prefer various methods, being guided by various educational systems. For example, there are schools that never give first-graders homework. Along with that, there are kindergartens that provide understanding of individual work from the earliest age. Many teachers prefer to create their own tasks, modifying usual homework according to their methodology.
If your kids are asking for help, we suggest you not to do their homework for them. Remember that homework is not a problem. It’s just a necessary thing that makes teachers able to estimate knowledge. Your kids must be able to assess their knowledge as well, which will be impossible if you just do everything for them. They may receive high grades once, but such a solution would rather play bad joke with them in the future. You still can help your child by checking the complete work for mistakes, and answering his or her questions.
Such logic explains our next advice: don’t take your kids’ projects. Of course, you have to support your children. You must be able to check their works, making sure that their task is accomplished. Along with that, teachers don’t want to estimate an adult man’s work. If you’re not sure what to do, don’t be afraid to ask a teacher. Teachers will easily explain you, what exactly your children must demonstrate within such a project, as well as how you can help them, without doing too much.
You can help your children with their working space. Teach them how to organize necessary tools, what to note, how to plan their work. This will considerably simplify their task. At the same time, take into account how your child likes to work. They may choose a place that looks most comfortable for them.
Always take into account your children’s rhythms. Let’s be honest, everybody has particular natural settings, and we are mostly productive at certain hours. Some children may want to do their homework right after school, while others need to take a break, having fun, or just chilling. Take into account after-school activities. If your kids are already tired after sports or violin classes, we suggest you to make a dinner, so they could relax, and start their homework with new energy.
Different kids study most effectively in different ways. You have to understand, which methods work best for your kid. Some of them need to write data, since their visual memory works best. Other kids prefer to use imagination, closing their eyes, and thinking with images. You have to pay special attention to sounds that surround your child. Many kids may need absolute quiet, while others can concentrate being in the center of noise. Some kids like to listen to music, so don’t ask them to turn it off, if it helps them stay focused.
Of course, it’s important to limit TV, mobile devices, and computer (unless it’s used for homework or a project). However, remember that if you use TV or other devices when your kid can’t do it, such an approach may lead to bad consequences for your relations. Your kids should see that you support them, and this will be your biggest help!