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5 Useful Tips To Improve Your Child’s Work Habits

Homework – why have it at all?

Students are given homework to use the skills and information they learned in class, independently at home, so that the knowledge sticks. While it may be tempting to do the work for them and ensure a good grade on the assignment, small amounts of help to your child with their homework will produce longer lasting results. In this sense, you’re helping them by not helping them! This doesn’t mean that you should completely leave your children alone when they are doing their homework. They may need you to clarify instructions, or provide different examples than the ones given in their book. Helping them in this way is OK, just as long as you keep the answers to yourself. Let them experience the feeling of solving problems on their own, thereby promoting confidence and risk taking – two very essential ingredients to a growing learner.

Teachers and parents have to work together to provide children with all the support they need to succeed in school. Since we have the same goal in mind, I’d like to share some helpful tips that you can use at home to support your kids with their homework, and help them improve as readers and writers:

  1. Read to them often, and let them read to you!
  2. Model instruction instead of giving away answers.
  3. Give alternative examples to the ones provided if they still aren’t getting the concept (real life examples help students make connections to what they are learning and it becomes easier for them to paint a picture in their mind).
  4. Ask them to explain how they got the answer (they need to be able to support their choice and is great practice for building creative and critical thinking skills).
  5. Before checking their work let them check and correct their own mistakes first. (This will prevent them from relying on an adult for the answers.)

 These are just some small ways you can help your children with their homework, without taking all the credit! By doing this, you are still involved in their studies, which is key to their overall development as a learner. If you find yourself needing support with your child’s studies at home, don’t hesitate to seek advice from your child’s classroom teacher. She/he will be happy to help and appreciate that you want to be involved. Keeping some form of communication between the classroom and home is invaluable to the success of your young learner.

Take advantage of this time, your child is the prime age to be a student; their minds are fresh and hungry for knowledge!



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