With school in full swing, our days seem one-hundred times more hectic than normal. Getting your kids ready in the morning can be stressful enough, but that’s not including studying or keeping up with homework. Even though it’s our kid’s responsibility to keep up their grades, we can’t help but feel partially responsible. So how we do we make sure they get things taken care of on their own? The best way is to have them practice study habits young, so they don’t have issues in the future. Here are our top techniques to help your kiddos learn great study habits.
Set Up a Study Area
Make sure to set up to be used for studying, homework, and projects. It’s important to pick an area that’s quiet and free of distractions like games or a TV. Their study area should be a peaceful, quiet, and allow them to give their full attention to what’s in front of them. Not only will they learn how to focus, they’ll also get the hang of studying without splitting their attention. Picking a study area will help them associate which rooms are for fun and which ones are for work!
Get Used to Flashcards
Flashcards are a great tool for studying. Even in college, I swore by flashcards for tests and quizzes. They’re great for spelling or vocabulary tests, and even for math problems! They keep kids attention better than big, bulky textbook, too. The best part about flashcards is that they’re easy to find and are super easy to use. Whether you use lined cards, colored cards, or plain and simple flashcards, this is a great tool for your children to start using, even at a young age.
Stock up on Snacks
As crazy as it sounds, snack breaks are a great way to keep kids focused. But keep in mind, snacks breaks should be taken away from their desk or study area. This way, kids are distracted and know their study area is for studying only! It might sound harsh, but it’s the best way to teach your kids healthy study habits. We find it best to prepare a snack for your kids to eat as soon as they get home, then send them off to get their schoolwork done. If they have a lot of work to do, have them take a break mid-way, but make sure you keep it short and sweet.
For kids, schoolwork may seem like the worst punishment in the world. It can be boring and takes time away from being able to do fun things around the house and hanging out with friends. However, we all understand the importance of good grades and the impact it has on our children’s lives. But with a little help, kids can develop great study habits from the beginning. What are some of your favorite techniques to help your kiddos study habits? Leave your comments below!