Having your kids at home can be very challenging. Aside from looking for creative ways to keep them from fighting each other, you also need to ensure that you support them when it comes to homework and home studies. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to help your kids, and here are some of them.
- Make a timetable
Draw a timetable with your kids, with a particular focus on home studies. Create a specific time for your children to study or do homework. The ideal time is usually after they are done with household chores and meals. For children below 15 years, a maximum of one should be enough each day. However, take into consideration the level of development of your child when setting the learning duration. During school days, you can reduce the time considerably – but enough for them to finish homework and any form of revision.
- Create a learning space
Once you have created a timetable, prepare a part of the house for supervised learning. This is important for kids that need supervision and help with home studies. Ideal places include your child’s bedroom, the dining room, or the kitchen – anywhere away from the tv. Opt for large enough tables instead of school-type desks as the latter usually does not have enough surface area to spread out learning materials. If your child spends most study time alone, then make sure to check up on them regularly. Also, ensure that their study table has every study material they may need.
- Turn the TV off
In fact, get rid of every form of distraction when it is time to study. Children are easily distracted by the television, a phone, the radio, a video game, name them. When it is time to study, ensure that all these are out of immediate reach. Also, make it a house rule that whenever it is time for study, there is no tv, no phone, no games, any other thing that can be added to the list.
- Use learning aids
Aside from learning materials such as pencils and pens, you should also invest in some visual learning aids such as educational posters, e-learning materials, and so on. This is very important for kids that are nine years old and below, as visual aids have been proven to help in memorization and improve studies. And if you have a second-grade student at home, then you can also make use of 2nd grade writing activities designed to help students have a solid foundation when it comes to their writing skills.
- Do more than homework
It is necessary to let your child know that home studies are more than doing homework. So, aside from assisting your children with their homework, also ensure that they revise stuff they have learned from school. Go over their school work with them and ask them questions. Ask them to read out to you and teach them how to take notes. Pick different subjects for different days and ensure that your kids have enough break time.