Heading into October your kids have probably gotten in the routine of school and after school activities. But settling back into the school routine can be difficult for some kids, especially when it comes to homework. Whether your child is struggling with concentration, a certain subject or having general difficulty, applying homework tips to your after school routine could help shed some light on the best way to achieve homework success.
Time & Place
It’s important to keep in mind that each child is different when it comes to after school learning. After coming home from school, one child may like to dive right into homework while the other likes to take a short break for a little recreational time. It’s important to remember that each child is different so work with them to set up an after school schedule for getting home work done. Once homework time comes around make sure that you’ve designated a quiet, well-lighted area away from distractions. Make this area exciting and stock it well with supplies like papers, writing utensils, scissors, tape and a computer.
Homework is designed to help strengthen concepts that were discussed earlier in the day at school. If questions arise during homework encourage your kids to work together and help each other out. This will not only help your child work through the questions that arise but will give your other children a sense of confidence knowing that they’ve helped their sibling. Of course, if a problem comes that up needs some mom or dad intervention and guidance, don’t be afraid to help them.
For the best homework results parents have to be involved in the day-to-day of home learning. As well as checking homework each night, make sure that you’re in constant contact with teachers. Communicating any academic roadblocks between parent and teacher will help spot trouble early on. Like all this with children, consistency is important to establish healthy homework habits early on. As time goes on, fine tune your after school routine to include snack time, play time and after school activities.