7 Top Tips for Homework Time

Homework time!! It’s no secret homework time can be stressful for both parent and child. You have finished work and collected your child/children from after-school care, dinner must be cooked, breakfast dishes put away, make lunches, bring the clothes in from the line, oh my goodness the list goes on……. 

AARGH Homework needs doing!!!!! 

It’s math and I know this is going to be a mission, I don’t like math he doesn’t like math, boom goes the stress levels and here comes the migraine.

  1. Identify your child's preferred method of learning. Take notes and observe them when they are learning, do they like to move a lot, do they respond better to songs, or visuals? Talk with your child’s teacher about how they feel your child learns best.

    Below are 7 learning styles, read through and see which one or few apply to your child? 
    - Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
    - Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
    - Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
    - Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
    - Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
    - Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
    - Solitary (interpersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
  2. Once you have identified your child's preferred method of learning, find learning aids to support their style.  Are they a kinesthetic learner, an Auditory learner, or a Visual learner, maybe it's a combination of these?

  3. Mindfulness about your home routine and your child’s day before you begin homework e.g when did they last eat, do they need a rest first or do they need to let off some energy by jumping on a trampoline. 

  4. Environment, are you providing a supportive learning environment? Identify distractions such as noise or visuals? Maybe they need a seating tool, hand fidget or chew tool to help them focus on the task at hand? 

  5. Your enthusiasm is very important to a child if you look stressed, unmotivated or not engaged in the topic the child will switch off. 

  6. Remember learning should always be fun, so think about different ways you can make homework fun. Like signing, watching an educational video or making up funny stories and acting them out? 

  7. Do you feel confident about the subject you are assisting with, if not talk with your child’s teacher for advice, you and your child’s teacher working together gives your child the best start in life. 

  8. Listen and watch your child, tune into your child's uniqueness and help them understand themselves.

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