How to Encourage a Child to Do His Homework

Do you need help getting your child to have success and do their homework? This article may help you help your child succeed.

Steps

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    Provide positive feedback for your child's progress whenever you are able to. If your child didn't complete a task, but gave it a reasonable effort, tell them you don't feel like they failed, and recognise their efforts.
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    Look for places you can help them feel successful, praising good efforts and playing down negative aspects of their work, while realising you may have to nudge them to work harder to make up for poor efforts.
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    Organize a reasonable schedule for homework. Children should have time after school for healthy and enjoyable activities, but to succeed in school, homework cannot be ignored.
    • When your child gets home from school, let them have a little break. They have probably been in school at a desk most of the day.
    • If time allows, go over their homework while they take a break so you can estimate how much free time to allow them.
    • Once you have estimated how much time they should require on each subject, create a schedule for homework and give it to the child.
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    Have your child begin their homework, if they are mature enough to work independently, let them. It is much better for a child to do their work independently than to hover over them and micromanage their work.
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    Check their progress frequently until you have established that they are performing sufficiently and accurately enough to complete their work successfully.
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    Be sure your child understands that you are willing to help with subjects/assignments they are not succeeding in. Nothing can be more discouraging for a child than to spend significant time on a subject without seeing results. They should know they can turn to you for help if they need it.
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    Provide a good workplace for their homework regimen. Good lighting, a clean, neat work area, and little or no distraction will improve their concentration.
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    Provide resources including books, references, internet if needed (help your child remain on track, could get lost if left alone), pencils, paper, and tools like a calculator, compass, or rule to make their work possible.
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    Offer snacks and breaks for a reward for successful completion of a section or subject they are working on. For long, arduous sections of work, allow them a break at regular intervals.
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    Check their work when needed to make sure their answers are correct, or that projects, etc, will be done correctly.

Tips

  • help your child with their homework. sit down and explain things. * have a treat for if they do their homework. it may encourage them. * have a specific room just for this.

Things You'll Need

  • homework room, supplies, treats or awards, homework

Article Info

Categories: Helping Children with Homework