5 rules to follow when you help your child with homework
When your child begins to go to school, homeworks become a daily chore. What also becomes regular is the little one asking for your assistance in the homework. While it is absolutely all right to help your child with his daily homework from school, there are certain ground rules you should abide by.
- Create an ambiance that’s homework-friendly
The study area for your child should be free from all kinds of distraction, be it noise or gadgets. It should be well lit and the seating area should also be comfortable for your child. Stationery items like rulers, pencils, eraser, etc. should be easily accessible for your child in this space.
- Check your child’s notes in the school manual/teacher’s notes daily
It is imperative that you are fully up to date with your child’s school timetable and activities routine. This will help you develop an apt. routine at home as well for his homework.
- Help the little one with proper planning and routine
A consistent routine will be the best way of helping your child with his homework. Allocate specific times for homework, cartoon break or play break. Start slow. Keep 30 minutes for homework initially and gradually increase the duration. Keep some breaks in between.
- Go ahead with timely parents-teacher meets
Try to have an extensive conversation with your child’s teachers to understand what they expect out of your child, what would happen if the homework is not done on time, etc. Find out what are the areas where your child is relatively struggling since that’s the focus point you need to help your child work on.
- Let your child do the homework on his own
It’s okay if you watch your child and guide him in his homework, but make sure it is his handwriting and thinking skills that’s reflected in his notebook. Taking full charge of your child’s homework will hinder him from taking the responsibility of doing his own thing and also create a trouble for him later since in the exam hall, you wouldn’t be there to help him.
- Don’t forget to appreciate your child
Words of appreciation from parents act as a motivational therapy for kids, so don’t forget to do that. Whenever he solves a mathematical sum or spells a word correctly, cheer for him. This will boost his morale and he would strive to do better the next time as well.