21 Sep 6 Helpful Homework Tips for Parents and Children
Homework can be a hassle for young children, teens, and parents. Kids spend all day in school and often have more work to do when they get home. We may not like it, but the homework must be done. To find out why, read What’s the Purpose of Homework?
Here are some tips to help ensure that the homework done in your home is as successful and painless as possible.
Create a schedule. Make a plan that works for your family. Some children may need to do their homework as soon as they get home from school, before they become too tired. Others may need to play outside for a while to expend excess energy. Others may like to do their work while parents are making dinner. Teens may have to complete their work later in the evening, once sporting events and other after-school activities are finished.
Designate a homework space. This place should be somewhat quiet and relatively free of distractions. Adequate lighting is also a must. There are several good choices in your home.
- Kitchen island or table–Younger children like to be where the action is, and there is no better place than your kitchen. They get to spend time with you while dinner is cooking, and you can make sure they are doing their work and help them when necessary. The lighting is great and it’s the perfect place for an after-school snack.
- Dining room–The dining room table is a quieter alternative to your busy kitchen. It’s another great place for the kids to spread out and do their homework and you can still keep an eye on them while you are preparing dinner.
- Living room–Your kids are probably tired of sitting in a hard chair like they do all day at school. Let them get comfy on the floor with some pillows and a blanket. Or they may prefer to sit on the couch and use the coffee table as a work space. Just make sure that the t.v. stays off until the work is finished.
- Home office–Feel free to share your home office space with your kids. It’s quiet and has good lighting. Most importantly, it will remind them that they are not the only ones who have to do work at home.
- Bedroom–Older children and teens may prefer the privacy and quiet of their bedrooms for homework and studying. No desk? Not a problem. Many kids like to stretch out on their beds. If they have a t.v. in their bedroom, make sure it stays off (along with cell phones) until they are finished with their work.
Be prepared with the right tools. This includes paper, pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, calculators, rulers, staplers, tape, markers, colored pencils, and scissors.
Help your children get organized. Many schools encourage or even require students to use planners and homework folders to keep important dates and assignments organized. Find out your school’s organization system and teach your child how to sort and prioritize their work. Organize Homework To-Dos and Help Your child Get Organized
Set electronics aside during homework time. This includes phones, tablets, and televisions. They simply create too much distraction. Some children, however, may need a little background noise (like the radio playing softly) to help them relax.
Be supportive. Be somewhere nearby in your home when your children are doing their homework. That way, you will be ready to help them if they become confused or frustrated.