• 10 Ways to Help Your Kids With Their Homework

    1.                             Set the time
    Structure is always important. Designate a specific time frame for homework to be completed. Creating a regular routine will increase productivity.

    2.                             Get involved
    It is important to be active in your kid's education. Most schools offer online services to check on grades, homework assignments and overall progress. Keep yourself up to date on all of these things.

    3.                             The proper setting
    Provide a quiet and well lit location. Make sure there is a spacious work area and all necessary items to complete the assignments. Preparation is half the battle.

    4.                             Limit distractions
    Our homes are filled with distractions. Televisions, cell phones and video games just to name a few. The use of these items should not be allowed during homework time. The mind should be focused on the task at hand.

    5.                             Organize
    Multiple subjects and classes can create confusion. Provide a planner and instruct your child how to organize and prioritize assignments. Create a solid game plan.

    6.                             Be a cheerleader
    Always show support and give encouragement. Reward strong effort as well as results. We want our children to always give their best.

    7.                             Provide guidance
    We all get stumped sometimes. Make sure help resources are available when needed. These might include yourself, school provided telephone services, or school approved online assistance. A child should always be able to ask a question and get an answer.

    8.                             Work first
    Just as their parents, children have busy lives these days. Homework should always come before sports and social activities. Make sure education is the number one priority.

    9.                             Notes
    Make sure your child develops an excellent note-taking system. Experts believe an outline form of note-taking is the most efficient method. However, all children are different, so just make sure they have a system that works for them.

    10.                         Study habits
    Help instill strong study habits and work ethic. Tests and projects require plenty of planning. Provide tips and techniques that will bring the top-notch results that are desired.

Last Modified on January 13, 2011