Helping with homework
Supporting your child’s education at home is vital for their learning development and creating a positive attitude towards school. The amount of homework a child is expected to complete varies with age, school and teacher. Getting involved with what is happening at the school will help you create a consistency between what your child does at school and at home. Finding out what your child will be learning about, and how much homework they will be expected to do, at the start of the school year will help you understand what is expected of them.
Encouragement is one of the most important ways to support your child outside of school. Rather than putting extra pressure on them to do well, set realistic goals and give feedback instead of criticism. Praising them for good work and achievements will boost their confidence and make them proud of their work. Put it on the fridge to show them that you are proud too.
If your child is old enough to have regular homework, establish a homework routine after school. Whether it’s as soon as they get home or after dinner, make sure they are focused to work. A routine will also help organisation, allowing them to keep on top of deadlines and subjects more easily.
Having a designated work space for homework will create a divide between work and play time. This may be the dining room table or a desk in their room; wherever they feel comfortable to work. Provide a comfortable chair and make it inviting with plenty of space and stationery for all their subjects.
Let your child know you’re interested in their work by going over homework together. This gives them the opportunity to ask any questions and ensures they understand what to do.
Incorporating what your child is learning in school with extracurricular activities is a great way to boost your child’s learning development through family fun. For example, if they are learning about the Romans, why not take the family on a day out to the Roman Baths? Your child will be delighted to show off what they’ve been learning and will take in new knowledge to help them in school. This website lists a great selection of days out across the UK to learn and have fun with your kids.
The more support a child receives at home, the more effectively they will learn at school. Your help will also teach them basic organisation and time management skills which will become more and more important as they progress through school.
Make sure your child has the right pen or pencil for their needs. STABILO has a range of EASY stationery that is ergonomically designed for both left and right handed writers.
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