The one time of the day that both parents and children dislike is Homework Time. Procrastination, Stubbornness, Frustration, and Misplaced Stationery during Homework Time are all capable of agitating even the most patient of parents. Learn how you can cultivate a structured, effective, and least time consuming Homework Time for your kids. If children are taught to follow good study habits from kin
one time of the day that both parents and children dislike is Homework Time.
Procrastination, Stubbornness, Frustration, and Misplaced Stationery during
Homework Time are all capable of agitating even the most patient of parents.
Learn how you can cultivate a structured, effective, and least time consuming
Homework Time for your kids.
children are taught to follow good study habits from kindergarten, they can
become creatures of habit. Teaching them to follow a daily study routine when they are young helps them cope better
when their homework and study load increases with age.
Tips to Help your Child with Homework
the following tips to help your child make the most of his homework time:
or Switch off all Distractions
off the television, radio and computer when your child is trying to study.
phones, electronic tablets, I-pods and all
other devices that stand to interrupt or distract your child when it is time to
study. However, do not prevent your child from playing soft music in the
background if it helps him concentrate better.
a Set Area for Your Childâ€™s Study
a proper space big enough to fit your childâ€™s desk, chair, books, etc. is
important to help your child focus and give due importance to his homework. Your
child should have a quiet place to do his homework. Do not let him sit on the
dining table or sprawl on his bed to study. Allowing him to sit wherever he
wishes to while doing his homework will prevent your child from taking his
homework seriously and affect his concentration level.
Set a Fixed Time to Do Homework
on the time your child gets back from school, set a fixed time for him to sit
down to complete his homework assignments. If your child participates in extra-curricular
that in mind when deciding the homework time. You should analyse the time your
child takes to finish his homework and his capability into account before fixing
the time. Most children need a break and snacks after they get back from school. So let them take
a short break from studies when they come home before making them sit down to
study. They may argue or throw tantrums for a few days, but if you remain firm,
your kids will soon get used to finishing their homework by a certain time.
Your Childâ€™s Study Area Organised
Remember the old adage, â€śA clear desk signifies a
clear mind.â€ť In order to prevent your childâ€™s mind from wandering, ensure that
his desk surface is always clear but for his actual homework book, his
reference material and his stationery. In order to prevent wastage of valuable
time every day in search of lost stationery and books, design and organise his
desk yourself until he is old enough to do it himself. Store his books by
topic, subject, or importance as per usage. Keep text books, notebooks and
reference books separately to ensure that they are easily available on hand
when required. Buy pen/pencil holders, a desk sharpener, etc. to prevent
stationery from being misplaced.
Your Child to Finish Assignments on His Own
you may feel tempted to go through and correct or even just do his homework for
him at times, please desist. Completing his homework for him, does more harm to
your child than you are aware of. Your child will begin to feel that his own
homework is not good enough, leaving him discouraged and insecure. You should
definitely help and assist your child if and when he asks for help, but do not
interrupt or look over his shoulder constantly. Encourage use of
encyclopaedias, dictionaries and libraries to teach him to clear any doubts on his
can allow short food, drink and toilet breaks to help your child recharge and
refresh himself but encourage your child to finish off his work quickly. If you
wish to check his homework, use those breaks to go through it so as to prevent
your child from feeling suffocated with your constant looking over his
Available at the Time of Homework
should either sit with your child or be just a shout away if you have some
urgent work to do. If you have some paper work to do, you could share a table
with your child when he is studying. This will not only help your child ask you
to clear any doubts as soon as they occur but it will also somewhat diminish your
childâ€™s tendency to daydream and doodle.
important caveat: pay attention to your child and guard against complete
frustration with studies and homework in general. Help him remain organised,
follow good study habits, and discuss study assignments daily to help him cope
with homework without getting overwhelmed.
Encourage him to create a homework diary in which he
can take note of all homework assignments in school. As soon as your child
returns home from school, review the diary so that you both can jointly decide
when and how the homework should be targeted. Explain when which homework
assignment should be completed, in order to help your child see the big picture
of when all his homework will get finished. Praise even the smallest of
accomplishments and do not let small setbacks take centre stage as with your help,
they can be overcome.
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