Getting children to do their homework can seem like a battle at times. However, homework is an essential component to a child’s education. Set homework gives students time to work alone and it often reinforces what is being covered at school. It is important that the homework is completed each night and is checked over to ensure that it is up to their best standards.
Here are some tips for getting homework done without a fight:
Children often work best when a routine is set in place, as it gives them structure and they understand what is expected of them. The after-school routine can be clearly outlined and displayed in a suitable place. This allows the routine to be reinforced and remembered. Clearly explain what the routine involves and in what order everything should be done after-school.
After a long day at school, a short rest and healthy snack can begin the routine. This allows time to recharge and refuel. The snack should be at the table where it is quiet away from electronic devices and other distractions. The mind and body need to rest and recharge in a peaceful place before the homework starts. This is also an ideal time to catch up and discuss the day’s events.
An area in the home needs to be specifically set up as a study area. This needs to be a quiet place away from distractions that has ample space and all the supplies needed to hand. Having a functional work-space can increase the standard of study and homework. A desk with supplies can help to promote the right frame of mind for work. Ensure the area is a productive space that is brightly lit.
Establishing how much homework is generally set can give a rough indication to a realistic time-frame for the work to be completed. The homework should be noted and this can be checked to ensure that everything is completed on time. Any work that proves too difficult can be set aside, and help can be asked once all the other work is complete. Ensure there are no distractions and the allotted time is uninterrupted.
Respite and fun
Once the homework is complete and has been checked, a fun activity can follow. Some children like to play outdoors, while others are happy to stay indoors. The activity should be decided by the child, and this time should be all about fun. Children need to be able to have a healthy balance, and time for fun is essential. Ensure there is a cut off time for the bedtime routine to avoid any fuss.
Reward and acknowledge
Ensure to reward and acknowledge your child’s efforts, whether the homework is perfect or not. Recognition and praise is important for a child’s self-esteem and success. Praise really goes a long way, and is great for encouragement. Children that feel good about completing their homework are more likely to want to try harder and make more effort. Always take a minute to check the homework and show appreciation and offer praise.
Having an after-school routine allows fluidity and cooperation. When children know what is expected of them, they are less likely to complain. A schedule negates the need to remind about homework, which gives the opportunity to kick up a fuss. Having time after the homework is complete for fun is important and is a good motivator. Reward by praising and acknowledging their efforts, and ensure to show interest to help them get the most out of their homework.