By Sara Buechler
Homework is a child’s worst nightmare. After spending 6-7 hours at school, the last thing they want to do is sit down and do more work, so it can be a challenge to actually get them to complete their homework. Don’t fret though because we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help your child get through their homework quickly and easily.
Take Away All Distractions
Eliminating anything that could distract them from doing homework, such as turning off the television or putting away their cell phone could help speed up the homework process.
Work in a Good Environment
Having your child sit at the table or their desk is much more beneficial than on the floor or on the bed because it could make them more tired and sidetracked. Dedicating a space as an area only for when they’re doing homework is optimal since this will always signal to them that when they are there, they are studying and not sleeping or playing.
Give Them Breaks
Many kids get too frustrated after being in one place and concentrating for too long. So, instead of having them do their homework until completion, give them a break. Have them work for 20 or 25 minutes, and then allow them a 5-minute break.
Giving them a reward such as ice cream or an episode of a tv show once they are done with their homework or finished an assignment, will keep them motivated to get through it because they have something to look forward to. A sweet trick for reading assignments is placing an M&M or skittle on a specific word along the page, and once they read to that word they can eat the skittle.
Set a Timer
Setting a timer with the amount of time designated for each assignment is a great way to keep your child on task because it’ll help them stay focused and prevent them from procrastinating.
Eat Snacks and Drink Water
Eating healthy snacks such as apples and peanut butter and drinking water while working on homework can help stimulate the brain and wake them up if they are tired from the day.
Turn on Music
If your child can’t stay focused in complete silence, try turning on classical music or nature/rain sounds. This will help divert their attention to their assignment with less distracting sounds because it has no lyrics.