I’m the first to admit that when it comes to homework with my kids, there’s a lot I don’t understand. However, I know I can still at the very least, be someone to direct my kids to the right person, place or thing which will assist my kids in some small way. This school year, I made an attempt to be prepared for the grueling task of finding effective ways to do homework with kids, even if I’m working or unavailable. Some of the things I’ve come up with to make this school year’s homework routine easier follow.
Personal Homework Hotline
I decided to create a list of those loved ones and friends who are well versed in a few subjects. Then I devoted a dry erase board to the issue with names of the person to call, the subject their experts at, and numbers at which to reach them. The list doesn’t discriminate. It has kids, cousins, other kids parents, friends of my own, as well as my children’s and whoever I’m aware of that’s good at any particular subject. It helps to have some college kids around because not only do I include them, but some their friends as well. The kids can refer to this board when I’m working.
The power of the internet is infinite. Doing a quick search can provide numerous resources for the topic you’re having problems with, and perhaps refresh our own older memories about some of the long lost concepts we’ve forgotten. As parents, we can also talk to other parents on homework forums which include lots of folks tackling tough homework quandaries as well.
Focus on the Material
We’re always multi-tasking as parents, but if we’re trying to cook dinner and tackle a group of fractions, we’re asking for an environment which is thick with tension, and likely to involve some sort of arguing. My experience is always better if I focus on the material my child is requiring help with by letting dinner preparation or anything else take a back seat, for better comprehension on my own part. Only then can I pass my understanding of what’s expected on to my child.
Recently, I had to consult with my high schooler’s guidance counselor to get some advanced algebra help for my high school junior daughter who is struggling with some of the formulas and concepts. It turns out to be a senior student tutor who will help my daughter. She’s familiar with this person,which has helped to ease her mind and her anxiety about math class, which has in turn helped to contribute to more of a positive attitude on her part.
Source: Personal Experience