Promoting good study and homework habits for our children is a great way to set them up for success, as well as keep them focused and on track. As summer ends and a new school year begins, it can be a little difficult to transition them back into their school time routines. Here are some great tips for getting them back into the swing of things!
1) Create a Set Schedule: Set a time when homework is to be completed and be sure to stick to that schedule. For my girls, homework is done when they get home from school after eating a snack. They know the schedule and they know that mom doesn't waver on it! If they want to have fun playing outside with their friends, they have to do their homework. Also, be sure they have a distraction free space where they can focus clearly on their work.
2) Set a Good Example: One of the best things you can do is refer to school, and particularly homework and studying in a positive light. We all know that kids are sponges and they will be likely to mimic our attitudes and opinions. Show them that learning is fun and they will be more likely to follow your lead!
3) Be Involved: Ask your child daily what their assignments are and make sure they know you are available to help them if needed. Parents also can be a great help with studying! You can quiz your child on their material and it's a good way to spend some quality time together. It's also a good idea to stay in contact with your child's teacher so that you can periodically check in to see how your child is doing in school and this is also a great way to see what areas they may be struggling in.
4) Make Sure They Have the Tools to Succeed: I like to frequently check to make sure the kids have a good stock of notebook paper, pens, pencils, etc. Keep them stocked up on supplies so that they have what's necessary to complete their assignments.
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