Homework can be a stressful time for kids and adults. It does not have to be. With a little planning and organization homework can be less stressful. Here are some tips to cut the stress and frustration.
Have a designated homework area. It can be a desk or the kitchen table. Keep it off limits for non-homework activities. Make sure it has plenty of space. Some kids need room to spread out. Keep the area free from distractions. Turn the television off. It’s hard to concentrate and stay focused when there is background noise.
Have all the supplies ready. Keep materials near the homework area. It is less stressful when you have what you need to complete an assignment. Some common supplies are crayons, rulers, glue, scissors, pens, and pencils. For older students, a dictionary and thesaurus are useful. Having supplies in one spot saves energy, time, and frustration.
Every child needs a snack when they come home from school. Have a healthy snack in reach. High sugar foods will make them crash. Try trail mix. They usually have a good mix of salty and sweet. Pick one with dried fruit and nuts, if possible. This way most taste buds will be satisfied.
Have a routine. Kids need a routine. They work better with some structure. Decide first if your child needs a little down time after school, or if they do better doing homework first. An example : 3:00 arrive at home, eat a snack and relax. 3:30 begin homework. This is a schedule. Go over it with you child ahead of time. Let them know what is expected and then follow through. If they don’t have homework, have them review what was taught in class that day. It is also helpful to review your child’s work when it’s completed.
Homework does not have to be stressful. A routine can cut the stress, and your frustration. The child knows what is expected. Having a dedicated area for homework, with supplies in reach cuts down on frustration. With practice homework time can become easier.