I remember when my children first began kindergarten. I prepared myself for the homework phase of our lives. I knew I would always be involved and hands on with the homework process. I remembered not having anyone to help me as a child and I knew I wouldn't want my children to feel as helpless and frustrated as I did then. And of course it was fun to learn the new things and be reminded of the old things I did learn at their age.
I wrote a list of how I'd get the homework process done, after picking them up from school. It is our daily routine and I use time slots for each one. Routine helps kids remember what needs to be done, teaches independence and responsibility.
This works very well too if you have a reward chart!
1. Snack Time
After getting home, they have to wash their hands, and then they'd have a snack of their choice.
A healthy snack is always best.
Kids are usually hungry after school, so it's best to not have them being distracted by a growling tummy during homework.
2. Free Time
After snack, they get to relax. They can nap, play, whatever. As long as they have their free time to just let it all out.
They are tightly bottled in school to follow all the rules of: no running, talking, touching etc and I think they should feel free to just have a bit of themselves back and relax their minds a bit before jumping into schoolwork again.
This is just a short period of time. Maybe an hour or less.
3. No Television Or Gaming System
Before homework, TV and Game playing should be off limits. Your child can have healthy play that stimulates their blood flow and bonding with siblings in other fun ways. Sometimes that's the best time to share play time with your kids, since most of the time we are in disciplinary and parenting roles.
4. Soothe With Music
I always have music playing. However, for homework, you want something soothing and calm in the background.
You can tell how much I love music from my weekly music theme!
5. Be Available
Be ready to look over all their homework and help them make corrections.
Sign documents that needs your attention.
Respond to requests from teachers in regards to assignments for your child.
Let your child know you are there to answer any questions and help prep them for tests they'll have during the week.
But whatever you do, try not to give your child the answers. Let them exercise their brains. You can give examples if they are having a hard time, but never answers.
6. Time Out
I like to get homework done in one go. That way it's all done, and kids can go do with their time as they please. However if your child is just having a hard time, throwing a tantrum, and making the process frustrating for both parent and child, then take a break.
Let your child go wash his face, lay down for a bit, or just sit and talk about other things. Maybe something is bothering them or they just simply need a break!
7. Feed The Mind
Give kudos to your child. Let them know how you feel about the work they did, the grades they got at school that day, their attitudes during homework etc.
Children feed off positive encouragement just as we adults do, so give it fairly to your child as well.
As parents we can set the tone for how successful daily homework sessions will turn out. Every child is different, so find what works for your family and enjoy these 7 Tips For Getting Homework Done Successfully!
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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure