When children get home from school; they prefer to put on the television to watch a block of their favorite cartoons rather than doing their homework. Homework should be the first on the agenda because it is what children have learned that day in class and it’s important that they go through the course work at home in order to keep up with their studies.
What parents can do is to get involved with their kids’ study habits, just down with them and explain how very important it is for them to concentrate on school and that homework should be a priority and not secondary to Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network.
There is one option parents can do to help keep kids on their toes, try creating a study plan that can be followed on a day to day basis. A study plan will let children know that they have to do homework while it steers them away from television and video games.
The first step is to purchase a white marker board and a black erasable magic marker; they can be purchased at major retailers or in office supply stores. The marker board can be hanged up in the kitchen so parents and kids can view the potential schedule Draw at least seven vertical lines and make sure that there are seven columns for each day of the week. Write the seven days of the week in the top boxes and put the actual schedule below each day. For example, Monday through Friday between 8:00am until 2:00pm is when the kids will be in school. When they arrive home at 2:30pm or 3:00pm can be a suitable time to do homework until dinnertime. After dinner comes the daily chore of helping out in the kitchen, 7:00pm and 8:00pm, will be television time. The study plan can be flexible according to the child’s daily routine. Supposed your daughter has soccer practice on Wednesday afternoons after school while your son has joined a track team, these activities can be scheduled during after school hours and homework will be scheduled after dinner.
The weekends are a different story because it’s considered to be two leisure and relaxation days for the kids. Make sure to save six hours during the weekend for term papers and special projects. The weekends may be a time for play, but when an important assignment such as, a five page history paper on George Washington that is due on Monday or a big presentation this week on the solar system, the weekends is a perfect time for them to research the topic then study it for a few hours before typing it out on the computer.