Newsflash! Homework can be fun. It doesn’t need to be a constant battle. Children can even learn the concept of homework before going to school so they will accept it with interest.
Creating an organized and well stocked homework space can be a very beneficial tool.
Distractions are the number one stumbling block that children face when it comes to homework. When a parent creates a comfortable workspace many things can be accomplished in a short period of time, without distractions.
A homework zone, free of phones, televisions and extra distractions can help a child to focus on the task at hand. This ends the frustration of spending “all night” just doing homework.
Gathering supplies just to begin homework can take a great deal of time. Make certain that all the tools are available in the work space. The child will learn life lessons about organization from this example.
This can be accomplished in a number of ways. There may be a math tub. The items in the tub need to be age appropriate. The items changed based on the age and learning circumstances of the child. For the very young it may have manipulates for counting, measuring devices, and number recognition flash cards.
Later these items might be replaced with flash cards for addition and subtraction. Clocks to learn about time. Blocks and pictures for sequencing and pattern building.
Language arts (reading) might have a box with letter cards. It is never too early to have sight word examples. There should be paper and pencils that are age appropriate. Scrabble letter tiles are a great tool for a language arts box.
When creating the workspace keep in mind there are tools and options needed to help the children understand that won’t come home in the back pack. A parent may need to use extra things to benefit the child. It is about teaching to their individual strengths and learning styles.
The workspace needs to have plenty of room. Children learn to enjoy homework if it is positive bonding experience with a parent or tutor. It becomes an experience instead of a chore. Make certain there is enough space to accommodate both parties. Many learning projects require some extended space.
Children learn early on that there is a place for everything. They know where they eat dinner. They know where they take a bath. It should be the same with homework. There should be a dedicated space that clearly states “homework zone”.