10 Parenting Tips To Support Your Child’s Learning At Home
by Sarah O'Reilly
(Sopris Learning )
10 Parenting Tips For Homework
Here are 10 parenting tips to help support your child’s school education, at home.
- 1. Use their homework as a gauge of where they are, academically. If you wish to do some formal extra work with them, don’t set it too far ahead of what they are doing at school. It is very tempting to try to reach farther and farther ahead, but doing this could actually be more detrimental. Sometimes there is a reason their teacher is having them read books that you think are too easy for them – she could be working on deeper understanding of the basic concepts and to present them
with more and more difficult work at home could easily lead to confusion.
- 2. Repeat, repeat and repeat some more – reinforcement is a fantastic learning tool. If they have just learned that 5+5=10, quiz them throughout the day on this at random intervals.
- 3. Make use of computer-based learning activities and games, many of which are available free online. Print out fun worksheets and coloring in sheets for them to complete.
- 4. Invest in some educational materials which are completely different to the ones they are using in school, but at around the same level. New and different books with fresh colors, new characters and slightly different approaches can be just what your child needs to reignite their enthusiasm. It can be tiring and boring going over the same old materials that they are using in school.
- 5. Plan a learning ‘day trip’. Take the kids out on a journey, learning along the way. Plan in advance all of the subjects that can be incorporated into the trip – tap into your ingenuity resources and come up with different, hidden ways to squeeze some maths or geography into a visit to a big park or the beach. This technique not only teaches them without their realizing it, but uses a system known as ‘eclectic learning’, known to be an extremely effective learning tool. Do remember that absolutely everything children do is a learning experience, so sometimes it simply isn’t necessary to consciously do ‘work’ with your child. They will be learning from watching you make the lunch or get the groceries.
- 6. Take regular breaks – whatever you are doing with your child, don’t overdo it. Have periods of pure fun with no ‘teaching’ whatsoever. Watch a movie, go ice-skating – leave the work on the shelf for a while.
- 7. Have a quick run-through of any difficulties just before bed. This means it is fresh in their mind and can let their brain work through the problem in their sleep. Not a full lesson, just a quick reminder of something like "Remember, Honey, 7 + 12 = 19". It can be amazing how effective this can be in instilling the answer to a particular sticking point.
- 8. Take it outside – fresh air is just fantastic for clearing the head and keeping brains working efficiently. A change of scene is ideal if things seem a little stale.
- 9. Have fun – make learning a game wherever possible. It is well known that kids will take in far more when they are having fun and enjoying themselves. Use your imagination to turn a boring topic into an exciting adventure wherever possible.
- 10. Above all, know when to stop. If your children are sighing or showing signs of boredom, they are becoming fatigued. If you are feeling frustrated or fed up, or have any feelings of resentment towards the task, learning time is finished, trying to force it is just counter productive. It is much more useful to stop now and start again tomorrow.
This article has been written by Sarah O’Reilly on behalf of Sopris Learning who develop learning resources for children & schools. They offer many tools & resources including an algebra assessment
and a literacy curriculum.
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