No doubt homework can be a drag for many children. They have just arrived home from a long day of nothing but school and they end up having to sit down and do more school. In order to make it easier to get through this issue a lot of parents use a special room for the child to do homework in. Doing this can be helpful to the child and the parent in many ways. Some of the main ways are repetition, environment, and convenience.
Statistical studies have proven time and time again that repetition can be one of the most beneficial ways to teach a child. Having a specific room to do homework in creates structure. The child will know that each day they are to come in and go to a certain room to get started on their homework. Sometimes this is put further into action by even setting a time when the child should go to the room and start. This is really the same structure used by the child’s school. At school the child goes into the classroom and begins his class work at a certain time. While a child may have trouble adjusting at first, with repetition this becomes a routine eventually and they get used to it. Once a child is used to something they just view it as a part of every day life.
A homework room is usually set apart from rooms where a child normally plays or does other activities. This helps there to be less distractions so the child can concentrate. Again, this is a lot like being at school for the child. At school the child isn’t distracted by video games, television shows, or toys for the simple reason that there are none. This makes it easy for a child to realize that they are stuck in this environment until their work is finished. Supper should be done around a designated time. There should be a break during that time just like a school’s lunch time. Once supper time is over the child should be sent straight back to the homework room to continue their homework. This may be tough at first, but due to repetition the child will get to a point where they will know to do it automatically.
The homework room is convenient both for the parent and the child. If the child is in one room doing his homework the parent knows that this is where they should be. A child who just comes home and does his homework whenever/wherever is a lot tougher to keep up with to know whether or not the work is getting finished. The homework room should already have some school like conveniences in it. This includes extra school supplies like paper, pens, pencils, etc. This makes it easy for the child to have access to items they might otherwise have to stop and look for. Parents should always keep extra school supplies around. A child may wait until the last minute to tell that he is running low on something and this just saves they parent from having to run out and get extra at the spar of the moment.
Homework is one of the hardest tasks a parent and child have to deal with in younger years. These are just some of the ideas that can make a homework room helpful. You are the parent and know your child. As a parent you should be able to figure out more conveniences and environmental objects to make homework time easier for your child.