Know Your Teacher & What They Expect: Sometimes half the battle is knowing just what the teacher is grading for. Attend back to school night to become familiar with the teacher to help guide your child at home. Don’t forget to read the teacher’s handouts and notes sent home!
Set Up a Work-Friendly Area: Whether it is at your kitchen table or a desk in your child’s room, have all of their supplies, papers, and pencils ready in one area. Pick an area that will have the least amount of distractions like younger siblings, TV, or pets.
Pick a Study Schedule: While some students might need to come home and blow off some steam before hitting the books, others may be primed and ready to go. Figure out when your child works the most efficiently and make it a routine to do homework at the same time.
Help Your Child Make a Plan: On nights where there is a particularly large amount of homework, help them divide it up with periodic breaks to recharge their batteries with snacks or dinner. Sometimes a child can have a meltdown simply because they don’t know where to start; we all know that overwhelming feeling. Taking the extra 5 minutes in the beginning to talk through their homework will give your child the guidance and confidence they need to tackle larger quantities of work.
Be a Motivator: Make yourself available for questions or concerns if they get stuck. Be involved by checking homework in the end or asking about upcoming tests. Quizzing your child for an upcoming exam can also be incredibly helpful!
Make Sure Your Child is Doing Their Own Work: While it is your job to help check homework and be a positive motivator, your child will never learn if you do the work for them. The best way you can help them is by reading directions or gently pointing out mistakes. It’s ok to help them improve, but don’t do it for them!
Set a Good Example: Do your children see you reading, working, budgeting or meal planning with proper time management and diligence? Sometimes setting a good example will go further than you think! This could be a good time to do a little self check.
Praise their Hard Work & Good Efforts: If your child nails a test or gets a good grade on their project, post it on the fridge and make sure to give them verbal praises. Positive reinforcement shows your child that they are on the right track and doing the right thing, especially if they are slowly improving their grades! Treats may even be in order, like cupcakes or ice cream.
If There Are Continual Problems with Homework, Get Help: If your child is continually struggling with time management or one particular subject, it’s ok to ask for help. Children often learn better from people who aren’t their family members. Pick your battles wisely. Start at school by talking with the teacher. There may be some great resources for your child after school or your teacher may recommend a private tutor. Some children may be embarrassed by needed help and private tutor may be the way to go. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If your child needs it, that’s ok! We are happy to work with any and all students at Valotta Studios 🙂