30 March 2020, by- Eileen

As a child’s first and most important teachers are parents, their involvement in the child’s learning can help to improve how well the child can do in school. However, when it comes to helping kids with homework, it is observed that kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework.  But there is a limit to how much help parents can give without robbing the child of the opportunity to learn for themselves.

By demonstrating how to learn, explaining tips and easy ways to solve problems and also by encouraging them to take breaks when required, parents can show their support to do kids to complete their home assignments. It would be difficult for children to sit with a full focus more than 45 mins in one go. Some guidelines for parents to support their child to increase confidence in completing homework tasks on their own is listed below.

Schedule a regular study time

Developing a homework routine is important as a routine provides structure and lets kids know what’s expected of them. Organizing time to do the homework which can be more manageable by your child can turn homework as a positive experience.

Arrange a study area for kids 

By providing a quiet place, time and necessary materials parents can set the stage for homework. It is always important to have a designated space for kids to study that is a well-lit place and clutter-free and neatly organized so that the kids can focus and concentrate better on their studies. Neatly organized all the school paperwork and don’t pile up unnecessary items so that the study desk looks neat and clean. Also, keep something motivational in front of the desk like a vision board, yearly goals, child’s achievements which will motivate him or her to do even better.

Help them to do homework without boredom

Another excellent way of making homework positive is to work it out through games, particularly when your child needs to learn the information and then recall it quickly and easily (example spelling words, reading words, math facts,  set of facts for social studies or science).

Praise and encourage your child

Sit next to your child as he or she completes the homework and ask questions and encourage him or her to discuss what was learned. Parents’ positivity can surely make a difference to a child’s approach to homework and learning in general. By discussing how effort makes a difference and by helping your child recognize accomplishments you can also help your child gain confidence.

For you and your child, turning homework into a proactive and positive experience will make a difference in the overall academic success of your child. Understanding your child’s needs, creating a study atmosphere, organizing time to do all the assignments, providing encouragement and rewarding your child’s accomplishments are all strategies you can use to make homework the positive learning activity it is meant to be.