Top 10 Ways Parents Can Help with Their Children’s Homework - Kumon

Top 10 Ways Parents Can Help with Their Children’s Homework

Most children can agree on one thing; homework isn’t always fun and games. But it’s an important task children must do to succeed in school. If you are having trouble getting your children to do their homework each night, try using these helpful tips for ending your children’s homework hassles.

1.       Find Out How Your Child Studies Best

With assistance from your child’s teacher, determine the best way your child learns. This could be by spelling out words or through math manipulatives. When your child is doing homework, make sure to provide him or her with the tools that he or she needs.

2.       Be Prepared

When your child begins working on his or her homework for the day, make sure to provide your child with all the materials that he or she may need such as paper, pencils, crayons, etc.

3.       Do Your Homework When Your  Child Does

While your child is doing his or her homework, work on completing specific assignments that you have as well such as writing checks, responding to emails, compiling grocery lists, etc. Not only would you be acting as a role-model for your child, you will be able to help if he or she is having trouble with specific problems.

4.       Ask Questions

If your child is having trouble solving a specific problem, ask him or her to explain what he or she knows about the subject to help them figure out the solution.

5.       Present the Question in a Different Way

If your child is close to the answer, but still needs some extra help, encourage him or her by asking the question in a different way. For example, if your child is having difficulty adding “104 + 157,” ask them to add “7 + 4” instead.

6.       Remember Your Goal

If your child is still having difficulty, skip the question and come back to it later or simply provide your child with the answer. The important thing is to ensure that your child does not get too hung up about not being able to answer one specific question. Improving your child’s overall understanding of concepts is the ultimate goal.

7.       Take a Break

If your child has been working longer than 20-30 minutes, tell him or her to take a break. Have your child stretch, play a quick game, or eat a snack before returning to work on his or her homework assignments.

8.       Stress the Importance of Homework

When your child is frustrated by doing homework, remind him or her how important doing one’s homework can be and how doing it helps him or her learn and succeed.

9.       Offer Encouragement

When your child has completed his or her homework for the night, provide positive feedback and allow him or her to play games or activities that he or she enjoys.

10.   Keep Track

Use a dry-erase board to work with your child and keep track of all his or her assignments and projects. Update the board as new homework is assigned and as projects are completed to prevent the stress of late assignments.

What are some additional ways that you help your children with their homework?