As a mother of two grade-school children, I know first-hand just how hard it can be to keep kids motivated and excited about school--especially as summer break draws to an end. One year, I decided to implement a study routine for my kids throughout the summer, which I found helped them retain the information they learned during the academic year and made for an easier transition back to school in the fall. I've put together this blog to help other parents prepare their children for success in the upcoming school year. I hope this helps your child have his or her best year yet!
When your child is in a preparatory elementary school, you may expect you aren't going to have any issues when it comes to helping them with their homework. However, as soon as you start going through those papers with them, you may be surprised at just how rusty you are. Therefore, you should read this article that will help you with tips on helping your child when it comes to their homework and other tips for getting them to be more successful with their homework in general.
Set up a proper schedule
When it comes to your child's homework, you should set up a time for them to do it each day that is the same. Kids tend to do better with schedules. If you don't set one for their homework, then you may find they put it off and quickly fall behind. Choose a time of the day when you will be able to really sit down with them and spend more time helping. This is especially true if you find the material challenging to go through with them because you will have the extra time needed to read the instructions before attempting to help them.
Set up a comfortable homework space
You should create a comfortable and quiet homework space where your child can do their homework without a lot of distractions. This space should have a table or desk and chair that is the right height for them, and it should have good lighting. Also, the homework area you set up for them should have an area where you can sit with them comfortably when they end up needing your help.
Hire a tutor
If your child is struggling with one or more subjects and your help isn't getting them to where they need to be in that subject, then you may want to hire them a tutor. Of course, you want to see if their elementary school can also have a tutor help them out as well. You can find a tutor that can come to your home or that has an office that you will take your child to for their sessions.
Work with your child's teacher
When you have any concerns about your child's homework, the best thing you can do is bring your concerns to the teacher first. They can be a great source of advice and may also have tools to help your child, such as addresses for online websites, helpful books, or other things to assist them.