Practical and emotional support to help your child with their homework
As we begin this transition back into school many of us will be looking to offer support to our children with their schooling. We have been home schooling for just over a year which is a long time for our children to be out of a physical classroom. With Children being back in school in the UK we at Oakleaf Private Childcare are thinking of ways that we can support all families with their children’s homework and long-term education goals.
Here are our practical and emotional tools to help with your child’s homework.
There are many different negotiations that can take place when we request our children to do something they don’t feel like doing, such as homework. It is easy for them to understand that these skills and education will help them, however it is different when this is being discussed after a day at school when they want to play with their favourite Lego set and are feeling a lot of pressure to keep up.
We can help our child build practical skills
We can help our children develop and build practical skills through helping them manage their homework schedule. We can make it easier for them by providing the insight into how to plan to schedule time for large long-term projects with a homework calendar or by using a homework App. See our link to the 5 best homework planner Apps. https://www.educationalappstore.com/best-apps/5-best-homework-planner-apps
We can help them manage their feelings
Does your child compare themselves to others? Do they get frustrated when they cannot do something well? We can help our children to develop strong self-esteem, so they are not comparing themselves to their best friend or others in their class and feel comfortable and confident in the work they are producing. It may be helpful to talk with your child about their personal strengths and what makes them unique and encourage their interests which can then feed back into their homework.
We can model good behaviour practices
We can also model good behaviours, by working alongside our children at the kitchen table on some personal work or house administration. By sitting and working next to them, a child will pick up your good work behaviour. It is also nice for your child to have your company when working on their schoolwork and they may find they enjoy doing it a lot more if there is someone else working alongside them.
Support your child in making good decisions
How do we make good decisions as adults? What things do we consider? Supporting your child in making decisions can give your child excellent insights into what has value and will help them self-regulate and make sensible decisions. It could be helpful to introduce your child to the idea of delayed gratification.
We have collected some excellent websites with advice below:
We have previously share our seven simple steps to support your child in the transition back to school here: https://www.oakleafprivatechildcare.co.uk/post/how-can-we-help-children-with-the-transition-back-into-school.