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In many parts of the world, school kids are presented with a peculiar task: homework. Unlike many real-world jobs they'll face later in life, kids are asked to take their work home with them during evening hours when they'd much rather be doing just about anything else. Because of this, parents and their kids often clash over the dreaded homework hour. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Bridging the Homework Gap
When it comes to homework resistance, there may be a number of factors at play. You could begin by identifying some key sources of homework stress, aversion, or lack of interest. Noting specifics will go a long way toward starting to solve the problem. Depending on their age, children often have yet to master language skills to express their discontent.
As you delve into what is bothering your youngster, Dr. Kenneth Shore recommends using gentle prompts that can be very useful. There may be an issue with the subject at hand, teaching methods, or even another child in the classroom. Sorting things out can help improve your child’s attitude and reveal barriers to progress.
Perhaps one of the most important skills we can learn in life is empathy. By empathizing with your child about their homework issue, you'll be instilling that value in them. This fosters a sense of trust and understanding which is likely to inspire a more diligent attitude toward homework.
Trouble with Specific Subjects
Sometimes the reason a child doesn't like to do homework is just that they are challenged in a particular school subject. If this is the case, the solution can be simple. There's a gold mine of apps for kids who struggle with various subjects.
For help with math, for instance, an app like Quick Math can assist with multiplication and arithmetic. Reading skills can be sharpened with Bob Books Reading Magic, while some kids may learn to love science with apps like Coaster Physics.
For downtime learning, streaming video sites like PBS KIDS or CuriosityStream are both educational and entertaining and can be a pleasant time for family bonding. Consider popping some popcorn and exchanging it for movie night! If your child is watching educational videos on their own, a pair of wireless headphones can create a more immersive experience for them.
Like many adults, your child is likely to be sensitive to her or his environment. Make sure there is enough room for the tasks at hand. Plenty of light will make the area welcoming and functional, as will a comfortable place to work whether your child likes to sit, stand, or even lie down while they study. Just as grown-ups don't work well in uncomfortable spaces, kids don't, either. Create a cozy spot for your child to read or to watch an online tutorial.
Acknowledging Varied Learning Styles
It's important to be aware that there are many styles of learning. Knowing your own style and that of your child can help further alleviate homework drama. If your kid is a visual learner, for instance, perhaps making more use of technology like a tablet or other device will help. Those who learn from hearing information might enjoy podcasts more. This type of motivation can spell the difference between a floundering student and success in school.
There might have been a time when homework was truly boring. But in our age of information with technology at our very fingertips, there's no need for learning to be a chore any longer. With the right tools and support, your kid can truly shine.
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