Here is quite an eye opening article for this coming school year.
SUPER HOMEWORK TIPS FOR PARENTS
Ways to ensure academic success for your children and less stress for you.
During the summer months, it is common and expected for children and sometimes parents to get a little off the beaten path of discipline. Ultimately, that is what a vacation is meant to do. Refresh, relax and bring some balance to our lives.
What is important to remember, as the school year approaches, is that discipline is about to be put back in, full force in a few weeks. So, let’s look at some tips that will help your child succeed and alleviate stress for you.
Broken record avoidance
Do any of these phrases sound familiar?
"Did you start your homework?"
“Did you finish your Homework?”
"I thought you told me you finished your homework."
"No friends over until you finish your homework.”
"Do your homework now!"
Here are some tips to help succeed when school starts:
Have a nice quiet spot for your children to do homework.
Avoid places where there is a lot of noise, or people walking in and out.
Be sure to have the tools they need available. Many schools will give lists of what is needed for school.
Replicating the list for home will help tremendously.
Pencils, pens, glue, crayons, extra paper, safety scissors.
Not having the tools is a major time killer.
Set a specific time to start homework. Children are very methodical. If you develop a routine for them, it will make it easier to develop the self-starter mentality. Do not leave the time to them, it will be bed time and you will be frustrated. Watch how you speak about homework.
Try to be enthusiastic and interested in their progress. Your attitude towards homework has a big impression on theirs about homework. If it is an inconvenience to you, they very well may adopt that attitude.
Perhaps asking them why it would be important to do homework and letting them come up with the answers will be beneficial. Keeping a positive attitude about it will transfer to them, as well as if you have a negative one, so be careful with your words referring to it.
Seem excited to start, and so proud when they finish. Brag about them to adults in front of them how well they do their homework. This will reaffirm good feelings towards homework and boost their confidence.
Set the example:
When they sit down to do homework, do some paperwork as well. Read your mail and tackle your own paperwork. It may help you as well.
When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not the answer. We all know that sometimes, it is easier to just give an answer or do the hard tasks or questions yourself. It is tempting, but refrain. You are sending a silent message that when things get hard, someone else will do it.
Having them do the work will develop resourcefulness and ways to cope with this kind of stress, which is extremely important as they mature and become independent.
Stay informed. Talk with your child's teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child's class rules are.
Brian Tracy, motivational speaker, has a saying. "Eat the frog" what he means is tackle the hardest thing first. It is easier to start with the most challenging thing when they have the energy in the beginning.
Sometimes, they are tired and frustrated after some time, if it gets easier, it will be less stressful. Watch your child for signs of frustration. Let your child take a short break if they are having trouble keeping their mind on an assignment.
Remember, the staff and I are ways here to support your efforts towards the family's success. We can help you to help them develop the good habits and to check on them along the way. We like to see all of their report cards as well and give them stars and we will even hang up their good work for public praise.
We have charts you can use at home to keep track of their success.
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