Motivating your kids to study and do their homework can be a challenge for any parent! Even when your child enjoys completing their school work, it can be hard to compete with the endless options children now have for entertainment. In my last post, I wrote about how essential it is to establish routines at home for your children. When it comes to homework and study time, there should be no exception. Schedules can often seem hectic with extra-curricular activities in the mix, which means it may not always be possible for homework to happen at the same time every day. As long as there is an allotted amount of time devoted to studying each evening, your child will benefit from this routine. Talk to your children and decide on the best time for them to complete their homework or study. This time might be anywhere from 30 minutes to hours each day depending on the age of your child. If your child is young and does not yet have daily homework, then you can spend time reading with them or work on spelling, phonics, vocabulary, etc….
Below are some helpful tips to help create a manageable and effective Homework routine:
- Set aside a specific time for your child to do their homework each day. If your daily schedule changes due to extra-curricular activities, ensure that you keep track of the allotted homework times for each day of the week.
- Find a comfortable and quiet space! Ensuring your child is in the right environment is essential! You want to ensure they are away from distractions such as the TV, siblings, or a room with a lot of traffic. The right space will depend on the individual and what they require in order to concentrate. If your child is young or requires support, then you will want to be nearby or in the same room. You might find that this is the best time for you to get your own work done, such as responding to emails.
- Communicate with your child! Remind them in the morning when their homework/study time will be after school, especially if the schedule changes day to day. Don’t forget to also remind them of the down time that they will also be rewarded with!
- If your child requires some extra motivation to complete their school work, create positive reinforcements for them. A special prize or treat at the end of the week, or extra time on the computer might help to encourage them. Base positive reinforcements and rewards on what your child enjoys.
- Give your children some space! Unless the teacher’s instructions calls for parents and children to work together or your child needs support, allow them to have some independence. If you have a consistent routine and your child knows the expectations, there is no reason why they should not be able to work independently. You can remain nearby to answer questions, offer support when necessary, and to check on progress. Feeling independent and accountable for their own learning is essential to the development of your child’s study skills.
- Realize that we all need breaks! If you have decided that your child requires one hour of homework/study/reading time a day, be mindful that you may have to factor in a small break for them to stretch their legs or get a snack.
- Stay in contact with your child’s teacher. Communicate with them to find out what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are. If you know your child requires extra support in one particular subject area, find out how best to support them at home!
Do you have any tips to share on creating homework routines? I would love to hear your feedback! Don’t forget to leave a link back to your own blog if you have one via the commentluv feature here on the site.
Until next time,