Helping children with homework
Helping a kid with homework is a moment that every parent will have to face sooner or later. But this isn’t only relevant for parents; babysitters may also find themselves helping a child with homework as well. However, in what ways can parents and babysitters help with homework, and how can they do so in the best way possible? Here are some of our favorite, practical tips for helping kids with homework:
Choose a calm, quiet place
The most common places to do homework in the house are the kitchen, the bedroom, or the living room. However, it is essential to avoid distractions such as televisions, mobile phones, tablets, and more. In a more orderly and quiet environment, it is certainly easier for the child to stay concentrated, as well as for the parent or babysitter.
Set a specific time
Establish a specific time for doing homework! This helps the child organize their day more effectively and become more efficient at finishing everything in their alotted homework time. Afterwards, the parent or babysitter will have more time to play with the child. Remember to take the time to enjoy after the child has done the hard work and finished their homework.
Take little breaks
Taking short pauses allows kids to internalize more information and learn better, as well as letting the brain have some rest. Take a 10 to 15 minute break between changing subjects, and a 1 to 2 minute break between exercises on the same subject matter, (taking into account their difficulty).
Don’t judge the child if they make mistakes
Remember, you’re there to help the child, not to critique them. If they’re having trouble with an exercise, calmly explain it to them, even if it takes several times, using simple words and practical example (for example you can explain math problems using fruits or objects.) This helps them understand concepts better and learn more!
Adapt to the pace of the child
Remember, that each child has their own preferences and their own pace when it comes to studying and learning. What matters most is engagement and concentration. It doesn’t matter if an exercise takes a half hour, an hour, or the whole afternoon, as long as, in the end, the child understands their homework.
Reward the child
At the end of their homework, reward the child for completing the homework and compliment the child if they deserve it! This helps motivate them and give the children confidence in their own abilities.
Doing homework is not always the most pleasant activity for children, but if they are in the correct learning environment and have the right motivation, they can learn a lot and it can be a great opportunity to share knowledge.