Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.
Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organisation skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging children to take a break when they are displaying signs of frustration or tiredness.
Here are some tips to guide the way:
- Know the teachers— and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
- Set up a homework-friendly area.Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
- Schedule a regular study time.Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
- Help them make a plan.On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
- Keep distractions to a minimum.This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
- Make sure kids do their own work.They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it’s a kid’s job to do the learning.
- Be a motivator and monitor.Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
- Set a good example.Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice.
- Praise their work and efforts.Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
- If there are continuing problems with homework, get help.Talk about it with your child’s teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.
Understanding a child’s learning style
It is important to remember that every person is different and therefore requires different things. What I need out of life and need people to do for me, will be different to what you need.
It is the same with children when it comes down to their learning styles. Nowadays I have found that schools and society as a whole, doesn’t truly understand how unique and special each individual child is and that they require different support mechanisms such as different study techniques, that are tailor made for them. Instead, our children are put into schooling systems that are made for the masses and don’t cater for the unique
Here are the different ways a child can learn:
- Visual Leaner (learns by seeing something)
- Auditory Learner (learns by hearing something)
- Reading/writing Learner (Learns by writing or reading material)
- Kinaesthetic Learner (Learns by actually doing the physical activity)
How to teach a visual learner:
- Give them pictures, charts or videos to learn
- Flash cards are useful too. For children who are still learning to read, print their words on colourful pieces of paper and test them from their with a fun game of flash words
How to teach an auditory learner:
- Teach a child by reading their notes to them
- Learners who learn like this like to recite their notes back to someone.
- Engage with the child by asking them questions about their notes
How to teach a reading/writing learner:
- Students like to learn with engaging with content. Whether it be writing the information out or reading it.
- Do ample research on the topic and provide your child with the necessary information for them to go through and learn
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