The start of school means the start of homework for South Bay students. For some parents and kids, homework could be a real nightmare. Especially for students who are struggling. While I can’t promise that the following tips will make homework a dream come true, they will help make homework at least a little more manageable.
1. Excess Energy
Most kids have been sitting in a classroom for most of the day and then they are expected to sit still and tackle homework. Physical exercise helps kids get their wiggles out so they can better focus on homework. Team sports, Swimming or simply taking a walk can be beneficial to the physical and emotional health of your child. Have fun playing with your kids!
2. Super Snacks
Hunger can be very distracting. When I write restaurant reviews I make sure to get a snack before I start working so that I am not distracted by hunger. The best snacks are always fruits and vegetables. Avoid sugar and caffeine, which will usually amp kids up and make it hard for them to be calm and focused. IF your kids are big on prepackaged snacks you can make mock ones with healthier options. Try wheat crackers, chicken breast, goat cheese, cucumber and cherry tomatoes for a well-rounded snack that won’t ruin your little one’s appetite for dinner.
3. Work Space
Once kids have some exercise and a snack they will be ready to work and will need a productive working space. The perfect area includes a table and chair that is ergonomically correct for the height of your child. Ideally, the child should have their own private area in which to work with all their supplies handy. You can make your own homework work space using a science project board. Glue on an empty cereal box for scrap paper along with other small boxes for pencils and other supplies. Kids will have the materials they need and the homework center can be folded then stored when not in use.
4. Distraction Free
It can be difficult to create a completely distraction free zone for kids. There are a few things that can be done to minimize distractions though. Turn off any televisions and computers to keep kids concentrated on their homework and not electronic screens. Instead you can play soft instrumental music in the background to create a calming, peaceful environment.
5. Set a Schedule
Kids work best on a schedule. Even if your schedule is hectic you can make things easier by letting your kids know what they will be doing next. An illustrated simple schedule can help kids keep track of their activities. When they are aware of what is happening next they can mentally prepare for whatever activity they are about to face. In addition, keep track of how long it takes for your child to complete homework. If homework seems excessive, try talking to their teacher.
6. Try Tutoring
If homework is a battle at your house and puts a strain on your relationship or your child is struggling in school, the best option might be a tutor. Tutors are not just for students who are struggling academically, but also for stress free homework sessions. A tutor can provide your child with much needed homework help. There are many resources and tutoring options available, from free after school tutoring programs, tutoring centers or private tutors.
Do you know of any tips or tricks to make homework less torturous? Share your expertise with readers below!