How to make homework less stressful

Nodi goes into 1st grade next year and I’m already on panic mode. I have never been good in helping kids with their homework ( I practiced on my younger sister) I simply do not have the patience for it. Nodi has been getting some practice worksheets to do at home so I thought this would be a good way to start introducing homework and the rules that come along with it.  I have heard from numerous educators that kids that young  shouldn’t spend more than 30 minutes at a time doing their homework.

Let me just tell you, helping a 5.5 year old with his homework is a nightmare! Concentration is really short, he gets bored easily and anything, I mean anything distracts him.

If you have children who already started with homework everyday then here are 5 ways to make doing homework less stressful for you and your child.

  1. Start as you mean to go on Establish good study habits from the beginning. As your child grows, the amount and difficulty of his homework will increase.
  2. Set a time Make a regular time for homework and stick to it. If your child knows when to do her work, se will have a chance to prepare herself.
  3. Pick a place Whether at the dining table or at a desk in his room, get your child to help you choose the best spot.
  4. Limit distractions Switch off the television, turn off the radio and mute the mobile phone – your child needs to be able to give his work his full concentration.
  5. Don’t take over In the early stages you will be integrally involved in your child’s homework, but try to let him do as much as possible by himself.

Source: Junior magazine


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