My children’s homework personalities were as different as they were. One of them needed no prodding at all. A couple of others needed a bit more mom involvement. And two of mine were pretty much allergic to all things homework.
Oh, and before we get to those homework tips, if you want to help your children with school overall, here’s what works, according to a recent study. Read aloud to young children daily, and talk with your teens about their college plans. Simple steps for big rewards.
Now, here are 10 tips for how to do homework.
1. Set the time.
Structure is always important. Designate a specific time frame for homework to be completed. Creating a regular routine will increase productivity. And, most teachers will tell you allow no screen time until homework is complete. If your child needs some down time before he starts homework, let him play outside (or inside) instead. Use this Homework Magic printable to help your children do first things first.
2. Get involved.
It’s important to be active in your kid’s education. Most schools offer online services to check on grades, homework assignments, and overall progress. Keep yourself up to date on all of these things. To take it a step further, look at these 6 Homework Questions Moms Need to Answer.
3. The proper setting.
Provide a quiet and well-lit location. Make sure there’s a spacious work area and all necessary items to complete the assignments. Preparation is half the battle.
4. Limit distractions.
Our homes are filled with distractions. Televisions, cell phones, and video games just to name a few. The use of these items should not be allowed during homework time. The mind should be focused on the task at hand.
Multiple subjects and classes can create confusion. Provide a planner and instruct your child how to organize and prioritize assignments. Create a solid game plan and use these 7 Back to School Home Organization Ideas.
6. Be a cheerleader.
Always show support and give encouragement. Reward strong effort as well as results.
7. Provide guidance.
We all get stumped sometimes. Make sure help resources are available when needed. These might include you, school provided telephone services, or school approved online assistance. A child should always be able to ask a question and get an answer.
8. Work first.
Just as their parents, children have busy lives these days. Homework should always come before sports and social activities. Make sure education is the number one priority.
Homework should always come before sports and social activities. Make sure education is the number one priority.
Make sure your child develops an excellent note-taking system. Experts believe an outline form of note-taking is the most efficient method. However, all children are different, so just make sure they have a system that works for them.
10. Study habits.
Help instill strong study habits and work ethic. Tests and projects require plenty of planning. Provide tips and techniques that will bring the top-notch results that are desired.
And be sure to see more great school ideas in my free eBook, Make Every School Year Count.
Let’s Talk: Do you have a tip for keeping homework time hassle-free? Share it, please!