Kids today find that they have so much homework and that the subjects are becoming harder with a longer learning curve. These poor kids are so busy with the school work that they find it hard to concentrate at night and get to sleep!
But, parents and siblings can help when it comes to doing homework. In fact, experts recommend that they get help from those around them. This is very important as it teaches children that they can lean on people for help and that it is acceptable to do so.
Easy Ways for Parents to Help Their Children do Homework
The best person to help any child is, of course, their parents. They are the ones who know the child the best and the ones that the child trusts the most.
Most parents try to watch their child to see if they are having a hard time in school or not. Unfortunately, many times they just can’t tell if their child is going through a rough time or not. If you want to help your children then offering to help them with their homework is a good start. Even if you just sit close by and are available to answer questions, you are showing an active interest in what your child is doing.
One easy tip to help your child keep on top of their homework is to simply talk to them about school. Ask them how their day was and how much homework they have. If they seem overwhelmed by the amount you can help them prioritize what should be done first.
If your child had a bad day and is upset by school then give them time to relax before bringing up the subject of homework. Maybe watching a little TV or going outside is all they need to feel more relaxed. Once they are feeling refreshed they will be more open to suggestions about you helping them with their homework.
All children learn at different rates. So if your child seems to be a slower learner then try to find ways to help them learn in a different manner. It might help for you to read the assignment out loud to them or offer to help them write down notes. Whatever you do never tell your child that they cannot learn something. If they hear these types of remarks constantly then they will lose the effort to try harder.
Many times all a child needs is help in putting a homework plan together. As a parent, you can help them by keeping up to date with what homework they have. Just helping them determine what homework should be done first can be a great help. You can make a list of the homework in the order that it is due. As your child finishes an assignment it can be crossed off the list. This one step alone will make your child feel as though they are getting somewhere.
You can make a list of the homework in the order that it is due. As your child finishes an assignment it can be crossed off the list. This one step alone will make your child feel as though they are getting somewhere.
For my older daughter, helping her determine what is most important to have done first, second, and so on, is the most and best help I can offer her. Much of her classwork is at a level higher than I can currently work on with her. But, I can help her with a plan and with sorting out her overwhelm.
You should never do the homework for your child but help them take steps to get the homework done on time. By communicating with your child, you are also building a lasting and trusting relationship with them.