When your child brings home homework, many parents likely grimace. The curriculum that they once studied has likely changed in years gone by and suddenly your child’s homework seems like the hardest thing in the world.
Helping children with homework is not only a great parent-child bonding moment but it’s also going to help the child learn more out of the classroom. Here are some tips to help your children with homework.
When it comes to your children, it’s always best to be supportive. Regardless of the outcome, showing support can help your child feel like they have someone fighting their corner. Of course, we all have to have disappointments in life - that’s just part and parcel that comes with the good times.
Show your support as a parent by praising them for a job well done, regardless of how little or how much they struggled to get the homework done. There are also lots of resources online that a parent can use when it comes to those that experience learning difficulties.
Try to guide rather than provide answers
When helping your child with homework, try to guide them, rather than provide the answers for them. If you’re just giving them the answers, chances are they’re not going to learn anything!
So with that in mind, try to help them find the answer themselves rather than just doing it for them. While it may feel easier to do it for them, they may not end up learning anything as a result.
Establish an at-home study routine
To help with studying at home, create an at-home study routine that they can work with. There are those that may struggle to get themselves into a routine, so having this schedule to work from is going to help them greatly get in enough study time needed.
An at-home study routine shows you care as a parent to offer them the support and guidance needed.
Distractions come with home life, which can often make it challenging for your children to concentrate. Try to create a space that’s removed from distractions, like a home office for example. Being able to take them away from the distractions around the home, i.e, the living room for example can be a big help.
The more distractions that can be removed, the better a child will be able to concentrate - that includes any electronic devices!
Try to be patient with your child because what they’re learning is something they don’t understand. It may seem obvious to you as an adult but it’s a little discombobulated in their minds. That’s why it’s good to be patient, to talk it through, and to lead them to the answer with questions and suggestions.
Helping your child with their homework is a great way to help them grow and build their knowledge so that it can be used to craft their own paths in adulthood. Use these tips to make sure your children benefit from the help that comes with parent-led homework.