Every parent wants their child to do well in school and to learn as much as they possibly can. To be good students, children need to develop good study habits at home and at school. You can help develop good study habits at home by approaching homework with a positive attitude and by providing an atmosphere that encourages learning. Here are some ideas that can help.
Set a Homework Schedule
Set up a regular time for homework to be done each day and stick to it. Expect homework and plan it into the daily routine, just like meals, sleep, and play. Plan the time that best suits your child. Some children may work best in the afternoon when they get home from school, while others may need to unwind first.
Provide an Appropriate Place to Study
Choose a place that is quiet and free from distractions such as TV, radio, and other family activities, if possible. Make sure there is good lighting. Provide a desk or table with a comfortable chair for your child. The kitchen table will work if other family members agree to stay out of the room during study time.
Keep Basic Study Supplies Handy
Store needed items such as pencils, pencil sharpener, glue, erasers, markers, scissors, and paper near the study area. It is easier and faster to do an assignment when everything is at hand. A basket or shoebox can be decorated to store these items.
Help Your Child Keep Track of Assignments and Projects
At the first grade level, the teacher will usually send home some type of printed daily or weekly homework assignment sheet to let you know what work your child is to do. Be sure to find out from the teacher how and when this information will be provided to you. Be sure to check the backpack every day and read any messages or papers sent home by the teacher.
■ Help your child with homework when needed, but do not do it for your child. Children only learn when they do the work themselves.
■ Check over all homework and have your child correct any mistakes. Turn mistakes into positive learning opportunities!
■ Encourage your child to always do their best. Praise all papers and projects brought home. Display them in a special place for all to see!
It’s a new school year and with a little planning and time management you can encourage your child to start the new school year off right!
For more information, contact Kim Reid, Extension Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at 910-592-7161.