Helping your child strengthen his homework and study skills
Helping your child strengthen his homework and study skills is one of the most important ways you can help him do better in school. And the start of a new school year is the perfect time to get started.
- Choose a regular time and place for homework. It should be a quiet, comfortable location free from distractions. Stock it with necessities such as paper, pencils and a dictionary.
- Allow for some free time first. Many kids need to blow off steam after school by exercising or talking about their days. Many also head straight for a snack. Keep healthy options available that will energize your child for work and play.
- Postpone screen time. Watching TV and playing video games are privileges that often take time away from priorities, including reading, homework and chores. Save all screen time for after homework and studying.
- Encourage organization. Productive studying starts with a to-do list. Older elementary school students should make one each day.
- Pay attention. Homework time is a chance for you to learn about your child. Does he excel at reading?Have trouble with spelling? Struggle with multiplication?
- Be supportive. Don’t ever do your child’s homework for him. But do stay nearby to supervise. It’s okay to answer questions and guide your child through problems. However, if he needs too much help, talk with his teacher.
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