With school starting up, it’s important for your child to keep up with their work at school and even more importantly their homework. Your child is responsible for their grades, not you. It’s time to teach them good study habits early, so that later, they will not struggle. We’ve compiled a few techniques that you can use to help your child during homework hour!
Pick a designated study area. This area should be quiet and free of distractions such as animals or a TV. Picking a peaceful study area helps with the studying process. Your child will be more likely to focus on the tasks in front of them instead of the news playing in the background. Also picking a study area early shows your child which rooms are for play and which rooms are for working.
Flashcards: I cannot stress this enough! Flashcards are super handy when it comes to studying for spelling or vocabulary tests. They are much easier to manage than a big bulky textbook as well. You can find flashcards at any local shopping center. There are big cards, little cards, lined cards, and even colorful cards. The Scholastic explains how to make flashcards go even further than just a definition. So go ahead and grab a couple of packs of flashcards to get your child ready for the semester!
Snacks: Another important topic. In order to develop good study habits, snacks are to be kept away from the study area. I know that sounds harsh, but it will only help your child. Keeping snacks around or in the study area can easily cause distractions to your child. It’s unnecessary, excessive munching and it can cause a mess on the homework. Of course, you can always prepare a snack for your child to eat as soon as they get home. For longer study times, give them a break snack. Another tip, keep snacks on the healthier side to give your child brain food and also so the snack won’t spoil dinner. Let your child have a break, especially if it’s in a subject that frustrates them. Frustrations not only make your child feel bad, but can stifle the homework process. Keep your child calm with breaks and a quick snack.
Hope these ideas are helpful!