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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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