Homework is a necessary part of education and can teach your child discipline, organisation and provide a sense of accomplishment. However, for some children, just the mention of the word homework can cause significant stress and even have negative impacts. Rest assured, there are some ways to turn homework into manageable chunks and even stress-free.
It is important for children to have an area that is designated for work and area designated for play. A work area that is free from distractions and clutter such as TVs, toys and other electronic devices will create a sense of clarity and calm and encourage them to focus.
Creating a schedule for study can be just as important as the study itself. Not only will it help to shift your child into study mode during the time allocated for study, it will encourage them to be more organised and a sense of control over their learning. A study schedule is also great training for kids who will undoubtedly to juggle the many responsibilities and duties that come along with adult life.
Sometimes children come home with projects and homework tasks that are so large they seem insurmountable. They often become overwhelmed by the task and are then discouraged from attempting it in the first place. When work is broken down into smaller goals, with breaks to cement those goals, your child is more likely to achieve them and feel a sense of accomplishment.
When your child is struggling with a particular task or feeling frustrated by the amount of homework they have to do and you have exhausted all of your planning and scheduling options, sometimes it will help to practice relaxation techniques. Proper breathing and meditation techniques and even aromatherapy can provide an instant sense of calm and help your child to re-focus on the task at hand.
Staying positive about homework is always key! Children will listen to and internalise positive feedback. When they know you believe in them, they will believe in themselves.
The professionals at Studybox can give you strategies on how to make your child’s homework more manageable. For more information on how we can help just get in touch.
Every parent wants to ensure that their child has the best opportunities when it comes to their education. However, they often don’t know how or when to get involved until deficiencies are brought to their attention. Whether your child is excelling or needing extra assistance with particular subjects, we’ll show you tips for you to teach your child at home.
Some children are linguistic learners and love to read and write. While others are interpersonal learners and work best when given an opportunity to talk things through in groups. Some may even find learning is easiest through movement and have a preference for kinesthetic learning. There are many different styles of learning and finding out your child’s preference will help you to achieve the best outcomes for them.
Before creating a plan for your child’s learning, meet their teachers and find out what your child should be learning in each subject at that stage. This way you can ensure your child won’t be daunted by the school curriculum and will be prepared for what’s to come.
The best thing about teaching your child at home is that you don’t have to mimic the classroom environment. These days, there are so many different ways a child can learn and so many different kinds of materials to aid in their learning. Whether its flashcards to assist with spelling, on online games for maths or e-books to assist with reading, study aids come in all forms – so embrace them!
We all know that when we aren’t focused on the task at hand, we tend to make mistakes and can’t perform to the best of our abilities. Children are particularly prone to distractions so it’s important to let your child know that TV, phones, the internet and other hobbies will be available to them after their study period is over.
Positive feedback is one of the best motivators for your child. This rule applies even more for our children than it does for us. So when running a tutoring session at home, don’t delay giving positive feedback. If they are challenged by a subject but are showing continued commitment, encourage their efforts and if they complete a task or project well, always celebrate their success.
The professionals at StudyBox can give you advice on what strategies work best for your child. For more information on how we can help just get in touch or take us up on our free trial offer.