A homework oasis
Just like you and I, who work at home, we need our work space, so do our children. Make an “office” space for your child to do his/her homework. It has been proven that music is not as distracting as once believed. In fact, it is proven a little distracting music played low helps learning. (https://www.NeilMcNerney.com)
Psychologist say children, especially teenagers, have the anxiety of “missing out” or feeling “left out”. The solution to this problem is to give children a five or ten minute break to check their Facebook and answer text messages. (https://www.ECTutoring.com) This helps with problem solving skills.
Learning can be fun
Using a beach ball, for example, while doing math helps the child retain more. Here is how it works. Movement increases alertness. Toss the ball while doing, let us say time tables, ask what five times five is and toss the ball. When he/she catches the ball he/she gives the answer. Start a family “book club” this can be for every member of the family; children learn by example. If we, as adults read, children are more likely to want to read. Have the child read and reread the same book. The more times the child reads the more fluent he/she becomes. Read the book together and ask each other questions; this helps with comprehension. The extra benefit is that it gives you the parent quality time with the child. (https://www.zoominfo.com/Stergis-Botzakis)
One Question can improve SAT scores
To help improve critical thinking, ask your children this question. “How did you come up with that opinion?” By talking to your children about their decision making, it will help them to think more critically. (https://www.NeilMcNerney.com)
Get the most out of study time
Going over a child’s notes with him/her helps in retention and long term memory. You may have to go over the homework just before bedtime. This helps retention as well because children’s minds keep active even when they are asleep.
There are free online tutors for children, who need that little extra boost, (https://www.KhanAcademy.org) or (https://www.Quizlet.com) is good sites to go to. Sometimes we as parents are just too close to a child that we get impatient with him/her, because we may have done very well in that subject.