Encourage focus and set timers
Children can be distracted very easily. While solving a difficult math problem, your child’s mind may start to wander. Use a timer to help your child focus. Let your child know that it is completely fine to take more time to complete homework when necessary. Focusing and thinking about a homework problem usually takes more time than rushing the assignment.
Make homework fun for your child
Children learn better when they can relate textbook knowledge to real-life scenarios. Find instances in which you can apply homework to real life skills. For instance, you can share stories about how certain homework assignments assisted you later on in life. You could show how certain phenomenon that they read about in their books actually occur in real life. Perhaps, you had an assignment that made you more successful in your line of work. By sharing stories related to homework, you can make it a fun event that your child wants to participate in.
Technology during homework should be a no no
When children sit down at the table to do homework, make it a point to turn off the TV, music, and cell phones. There should be nothing that can distract your child. Children need to have a quiet zone where they can focus on their homework.
Help your child brainstorm and generate ideas
Children get a variety of projects in school- from story writing to craft projects. Get involved with your child’s work. The moment they realize that you think the work is fun they will start thinking it too. Sometimes their homework might seem a little complicated to them. The best way to make it easier for your child is to help them brainstorm. Children need to be included in the solution so they can learn what steps they took to find the answer. Brainstorm over solutions together until your child can solve the homework problem successfully.
Praise when required
Children are often motivated by certain rewards. Although you should allow your child plenty of time to complete their assignments, you still need to keep them on task. To do this, offer an incentive for homework completion. For instance, let your child know that you can spend time together reading a book, colouring, or watching a favourite show if they complete their homework before dinner time.
Set realistic goals
If you end up setting unrealistic goals, your child will end up feel demotivated and will certainly lose interest in his work. Do apply goals and boundaries but make sure that they are within reason. For instance, allow a reasonable amount of time for your child to complete homework. Also, make sure that you are available in the event your child needs assistance with homework.