It is well known with the return to school also comes homework and that can quickly become a source of stress for both children and parents. So how can you make sure you provide good support to your child and homework does not become a source of anxiety? First, be aware that there are negative points, but also positive points to homework. Among other things, homework allows children to take responsibility by learning how to manage their time and organize their workspace. Homework also allows children to acquire a degree of autonomy and to revise the material that he learned in class. That being said, homework may be more difficult to complete for some than for others. Here are some solutions for parents who want to provide adequate supervision for their children.
First of all, it is important to understand that after a long day spent learning and sitting in a classroom, your child needs fresh air! He needs to move and change his ideas before undertaking a homework period. It’s time to play outside and spend his energy. When the time for homework comes, he will be much less agitated and much more willing to work.
Then, it is important to establish a routine. Make sure your child understands that there is a time to have fun, but also a time reserved for homework. Provide a quiet environment without distractions. Computers, phones, tablets, and televisions easily become a source of distraction for children.
Sometimes it can be difficult to provide all the necessary support. After all, who remembers what we learned in Grade 2? You cannot remember everything and the system changes. Your child is probably learning new things that you have not learned yourself. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to help the child when he or she feels the need. However, there are resources, such as homework help. In addition, it is important to inform your child’s teacher if you find that your child is experiencing difficulties. Teachers are able to advise you and find appropriate solutions. Also, if your child is still experiencing difficulties and you are not able to help, why not ask a friend to do so. This is a good way to make the homework period a little more enjoyable.
Finally, avoid wanting to do the job in place of your child by giving them the right answers. He must learn by himself and develop good working methods. Of course, you can help him, for example, by making a similar problem with him, but never offer him the answer on a silver platter.
These are some ways to make the homework period less stressful and unpleasant. Hopefully this a good guide for you. We wish you and your child a great school year!