With kids being required to do schoolwork at home, I know that the idea of helping your child/youth with homework and staying on track can feel daunting. Getting your child to review homework at home can be challenging, especially when school is out!
Here are some tips and resources that I hope will help you support your child at home:
- Establish a schedule and routine.
Just like in school and in the classroom, students are more likely to succeed when they are given a schedule. It promotes structure in their lives and allows them to stay on track throughout the day.
- Encourage the use of an agenda or a planner and make a “TO DO LIST” for each day! This is really important. If your child does not use an agenda, there are many online apps that are free and excellent choices. (We know youth are always on their phones!) This makes it easier for your child to stay organized.
- Google Calendar
- Create a space that is only for homework/studying!
Establishing a homework space with no electronics/social media use is key for a distraction free zone. Playing music in the background can also promote concentration, I like to listen to Jazz!
- Encourage study breaks, free-time, and create an incentive system if you can. Fuel your child with healthy meals/snacks throughout the day is also very important.
- Take this time to REALLY get to know your child and how they work. Everyone works differently and understanding your child’s learning style would help the teaching at home. Here is a learning style quiz you can use.
- Lastly, use internet/online resources! If your child does not have any homework (which I hear ALL the time) you can go on these websites to help with learning at home. Some are traditional and some are more fun and interactive.
If your child is between the ages of 12-17 and they need additional mentoring and support for their schoolwork, the Raise the Grade e-Cafe might be for you! Feel free to get in touch with me to discuss the program.