Homework is a key part of a child’s schooling; it can help with many things, from giving them a sense of responsibility for their work, to aiding their learning out of school hours. Typically, homework won’t be teaching the children anything brand new but will be simply reinforcing their knowledge and adding an element of context. Sometimes it can be a little tricky to ensure that all homework is completed on time and to the best of their ability. However, our guide will help you to make the most of your homework time for the best results!
1. Create a Study Space
By creating a space that is designated for study, this can help a child to really focus on the task at hand with few or no distractions. This doesn’t need to be an entire room; a simple desk will suffice. As an incentive, why not give the children a special homework set of stationery that lives on their desk? You can also pin educational posters or diagrams to a wall or pin board to enhance their learning environment and make it more enjoyable to look at!
2. Plan a Homework Timetable
Setting aside a few hours a week can help the children to get into a good routine and ensure that all work is completed on time (exact numbers will depend on the level of homework set). If you find that the homework takes much less time than is planned in, then you can instead use the time for extra reading, or for an educational game. Be sure to utilise the study space for each and every homework session, further instilling the routine and helping to make the most of their time.
3. Provide Incentives and Motivations
For children of all ages, motivations and incentives can help to bring a level of positivity to a child, which is especially important if they are struggling. You could create a sticker chart where a star is rewarded for a good, finished piece of homework. Once the chart is full, the child can then receive a treat such as a trip out on the weekend. This can help to encourage children to strive to do their best to reap the rewards – a good lesson to learn early on in life!
4. Know When to Help
There will often be times where a child gets stuck on a section of their homework, and it is important for their parents or guardians to be supportive and to assist them in their time of need. However, it is also vital to not give too much away to allow children find a solution on their own. Offering up the answer to a pupil too quickly can often lead to a lazy way of learning, which is certainly not encouraged. As a child gets older, you should give them more responsibility for completing their homework. This means that you won’t necessarily have to be with them whilst they complete tasks, as they should be able to complete them independently.
5. Talk About Any Problems
If you find that your child is having reoccurring problems with a particular subject or task that you cannot help with, then it might be best to speak to the class teacher. Here at our independent day school we value building strong relationships between the staff, parents and pupils, meaning that each child and parent should feel that they could approach a member of the team when they have any issues.
6. Get Creative
Homework doesn’t have to be boring; there are plenty of ways that you can make it more exciting. For example, if the task is a simple math addition, make it a practical task and count out sweets, cars or bricks. This makes it more interesting and is also proven to help children to retain more information through creative play. You can apply this creativity to a wide breadth of topics, meaning that every subject can be engaging and exciting, transforming homework from a chore into something enjoyable.
Hopefully, these tips will help you and your children to make the most of homework time and appreciate the value of this out-of-school learning experience. Don’t forget to let us know if you are having any problems or need any further homework advice!