Horror of Homework! Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference
that time of year again and some children are chomping at the
bit to get back to school. Some, on the other hand, are a little
less excited. As so many parents can remember, school is a place
where learning is not always a top priority for the students
and homework is often a dirty word. This year can be different
simply by making some small adjustments.
Gearing up for homework
children are ready for a break when they get out of school.
So much information is crammed into one day which makes homework
as appealing as cleaning the kitty litter. The only thing most
kids want as soon as they get home is a snack. Help your child
refuel his brain and his body by preparing healthy snacks ahead
of time. This way when hunger strikes and being patient is not
possible, there will be a fast, easy, and most important, healthy
choice to devour.
the agenda is burning some pent up energy. It is absolutely
draining using your brain as much as children do in school.
On top of learning, sitting still for most of the day can be
difficult for some children. Allow some outdoor fun for a half
an hour after snack to let some steam off. Children will be
able to concentrate on their homework and will be less likely
to rush through the assignments if they are allowed to see some
friends and have some down time first.
Creating a homework routine
and consistent when it is time to begin homework. It might take
a couple of days to fall into a routine. Part of that routine
is creating a designated area for homework. Usually the best
place is somewhere removed from the noise of the house. If non-school
age siblings are playing and having fun while another child
is trying to complete an assignment, it makes concentrating
close eye on the time and check on your child periodically.
Children need to know that you trust their capabilities to do
their work. Standing over their shoulders only invites insecurities
to develop. Backing away and then checking later instills independence
in children. It is important for children to believe they can
do things on their own and still know that someone will be there
to answer any questions that come up.
child’s teacher for suggestions. After spending the majority
of the day with your child, she might be able to offer some
valuable insight. Parents, children, and teachers all working
together can change the horror of homework into somewhat of
a pleasant experience.
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