Homework can be a stressful time in any household. Follow these 5 simple tips for keeping homework time calm:
Basicneeds – this one seems obvious but can easily be overlooked. I’ve been caught out with this a few times resulting in meltdowns! Make sure your little one has eaten something – even a slice of toast and a banana. Keep water to hand in case they are thirsty. Are they warm or too warm? Is their uniform uncomfortable?
HomeworkPolicy – Every school will have a homework policy – this will outline what is expected for each year group – for example, a 2nd class student might just have 20 minutes homework a night – if your child is taking longer to do homework than this, it is time to get in touch with the teacher and see where the problems lies.
Always have a complete set of homework stationery to hand just for homework – saves so much hassle looking for missing pencils, erasers etc.
Ideally the house would be screen-free during homework time. Even just knowing a cartoon is on TV in the other room can be a distraction.
Consistency is key! Agree upon a time that suits your family and stick to this. The routine and structure will help your child to know that homework time happens every day (usually just Monday to Thursday!).
Note: If your child is finding homework too difficult consistently, contact their teacher as soon as you can. Homework anxiety is awful for a child and there is no need for it.