Kids learn best whenever they are familiar with their environment. We have established a place in our home where he will do his homework on a daily basis. You and your child can plan the space however you would like. You want your child to be comfortable, but not falling asleep. Help them “own” the homework center and make it a place they want to be.
It’s so hard for a child to sit there and do two things at once. They simply cannot watch television and do their homework at the same time. Also, they can’t play on the iPod and do homework at the same time. It’s important to be strict when it comes to eliminating distractions. Explain to your child that if they want to move on and do other FUN things, then the distractions need to go.
Homework is a very stressful part of school, but try not to add more stress to your child’s life. Praise your child for what they are doing right with their homework. Even if they aren’t doing something right, a little positive direction never hurt anyone. If you have a child who is struggling with their homework time, then you may need to add a little reward. Kids love praise and rewards (so do adults), so it’s not surprising that it keeps them moving in the right direction.
Recognizing when your child needs homework help is so important. Your son or daughter shouldn’t be spending their whole night completing their homework. There are resources to help children get the homework help they need, when they need it.