Does Your Child39s Homework Time Turn Into The Battle Time

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Tips#1: Read Together Every Day
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close together. Bedtime is an especially great time for reading together.
Tips#2: Give Everything A Name
You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, "Where's your nose?" and then, "Where's Mommy's nose?" Or touch your child's nose and say, "What's this?"

Let us do a rewind of the routine that follows the moment your child comes back from the school. He enters the house and sprints over to his room and you without wasting a second, bombard him with the same questions that you ask him this time, every day without fail. What about your homework, what all tests do you have coming up in the next few days, are you done with the exercises that your math teacher gave you the other day, et al.

The expressions on the face of your child and the answers that you will invite from him in times like these, needs no mention. Wait on. The child has just escaped the drudgery of a very hectic day at school. We in our keenness to shape up the perfect kids, forget that even they have good day and bad days, have emotions and could be thinking of things that you are unaware of. As a result, the very mention of study time brings upon hostility. The more you pressurize him for studies and get anxious about his homework, more the antagonism that you invite. So what do you do? Give up on your 'somewhat disinterested in studies' child so easily? Not at all.

A few changes in your own attitude and routine will go a long way in bringing upon the desired changes in your child. Parents get impatient easily at the homework time. A little more of patience and a wee bit adherence to few pointers will make the homework time, a happy learning time.

Tips#3: Say How Much You Enjoy Reading Together
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Look forward to this time you spend together. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Tips#4: Be Interactive
Engage your child so he or she will actively listen to a story. Discuss what's happening, point out things on the page, and answer your child's questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child's responses.
  • Chalk out definite routine for your child's homework time: Make a defined routine for your child's homework time. Even on days has no homework, make sure that he sits down to study at the stipulated time. This time can be utilized for revising earlier chapters or reading the new ones. The child can also indulge in reading informative books or better still, use it to better the hand writing skills.
  • Make sure you develop the habit of routine early on: The earlier you start on the endeavor, the easier will it become for you later on. Starting in a new regime at the time of elementary school may not be a great idea. Start chalking out a routine in the child's preschool years only. Simply revise the concepts explained in school and indulge in some activity games. Over a period, convert this time into homework time.
  • Ensure you are free during this time: Do not set the homework time when you would be busy in the kitchen, rustling up the dinner. Instead, choose the time when you will also be free so that you can guide the child effectively.
  • Guide him for his homework, do not do it yourself: Your role is of a guide. Do not, in a hurry to do away with the homework dictate the answers of the questions or draw the diagrams that your child is supposed to do. With such an attitude, you will be harming the child more than doing any good. Try as far as possible, to make the child capable of working independently on his homework issues. He should seek your help only if after repeated attempts, he is not able to understand certain modules.
  • Make sure the place he sits for homework, is free of noise, clutter and other disturbances.
  • Your feedbacks are very important for the child. Give him positive feedbacks when he answers well, scores good mark in his exams or is able to able to do his homework without much supervision.
  • Be extra patient and do not lose your temper at the study time. If required, repeat the concepts several times.
  • Get help from a good audiovisual medium: Understanding concepts through an audiovisual medium is much easier. If possible, introduce your child to a good website that helps him with the kind of information that he may require for his lesson and projects.

Not all kids are same and so are the ways of tackling their tantrums, especially at the homework time. As a parent you will have to work extra hard in the initial years to help the child sit down at a specific time. Be persistent and reward your child when he listens to you. The child, who studies regularly, is bound to do well at school too. You will be surprised to see that with a regular regimen, your child not only sits down for his homework without any cajoling but feels happy too!

Tips#5: Read It Again And Again And Again
Your child will probably want to hear a favorite story over and over. Go ahead and read the same book for the 100th time! Research suggests that repeated readings help children develop language skills.
Tips#6: Talk About Writing, Too
Draw your child's attention to the way writing works. When looking at a book together, point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Updated: March 8, 2018 — 9:28 am
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