Did you know it’s highly likely your child spends all day struggling through school, comes home mentally exhausted and is then faced with an hour or more of homework?
It’s enough to make them cry. I can tell you without a doubt; tears can morph into massive meltdowns as the school years go by.
That homework task that you thought was easy can cause ‘World War 3’ and it’s not pretty.
In fact it’s really stressful.
When I was developing the Speech to Spelling Code™, homework was a topic that generated much anxiety for kids with school learning difficulties.
They hate it!
So we have provided plenty of strategies and techniques to help them to deal with it successfully.
Here are 4 tips to help lighten the homework load and restore peace and harmony in your home.
- Let them have a break first; eat, drink, exercise and chill out before they begin.
- If they’re easily distracted use a timer and give them set times to complete their homework and take breaks.
- Chewing gum, drinking water, using noise cancelling headphones or listening to music; are all proven ways to help students stay focused.
- Make sure your child sticks to the recommended hours spent doing homework, whether they finish it or not. Kids with LD should not spend hours completing homework that may take another student just one hour.
Homework should be a reflection of what your child is learning at school.
So remember, your child should never come home and have no idea what they’re supposed to do. If that’s the case let their teacher know. Homework should just be some research or a practice of what they have already learnt at school in class.
Getting homework in on time, is a topic I cover in The Speech to Spelling Code™. It’s covered in tutorial J-20 where we discuss ‘12 Steps To Get Homework Done On Time’.
Let’s face it everyone hates homework, but if your child has effective strategies to deal with it, peace and tranquility will be restored in your household once again.
It’s all about understanding your child’s individual needs and helping them to develop strategies that will give them the skills and confidence to do well at school.
Wishing you and your child every success.