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Kids need to know that what they do plays an important role in their lives, that is why when parents take an active interest in homework, their kids tend to have more success at school.
That being said, taking an interest in homework isn’t about being stuck at a desk for hours on end. When parents demonstrate organisational and study skills, they lead by example, an excellent way of providing support. In addition, by encouraging children to take a break or by showing the way to solve a problem the kids again feel supported. Parents might find they increase their knowledge too!
Below you will find a few tips that can point you in the right direction:
Get to know the teachers and what they require. School events such as parent teacher meeting provide a good opportunity to meet the teachers. Talk to the teachers about homework policies and ways that you can offer support.
Provide a homework friendly area for your kids. This should have good lighting and include all necessary supplies such as paper, pencils, scissors and so forth.
Have a study schedule which should take into account the specific needs of your child, for example some children study better in the afternoon, others after dinner and so forth.
Work with your kids to make a plan. When your child has a lot of homework or a big assignment, encourage them to break it into manageable pieces. Provide a schedule for the specific night and make sure it includes a 15 minute break every hour. Try to ensure there are few distractions around, so no television, no loud music and no phone calls. (Of course, from time to time your child may benefit from a phone call to a classmate about the assignment).
Don’t do the work for them. Kids will only learn if they do it themselves, including making their own mistakes. Parents have a role to play in giving suggestions and directions, however the learning has to be done by the child itself.
Fulfil the roles of monitoring and motivating. Ask about different homework and tests that your kids have. Check homework that is completed, give encouragement and be available for questions.
Be a great example. Think about how often your kids see you reading a book or doing up a budget. Kids tend to learn from what parents do as opposed to what they say.
Give praise for effort and work. Stick a good test result to the fridge door. Tell relatives about recent achievements. Some children don’t like maths, but encouragement helps – see these tips from Capita Education.
If your kids have long-term homework problems, it’s time to get help. Talk to the teacher. Some children are sitting somewhere they cannot see the board or they may have a need for glasses, other children may have a learning or attention problem that requires an evaluation.
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