Thursday, October 16, 2008

Helping your child with homework

Why are we more impatient with our own children? Try these tips, courtesy of

  • Set goals with not for your child. Then focus on one at a time.
  • Make your child aware of his or her improvement. Reward achievement.
  • Direct praise to the task at hand.
  • Try not to show disappointment if your child doesn't do as well as you'd like.
  • Be enthusiastic. Show humor.
  • Be prepared to teach as well as help.
  • Use concrete, hands-on materials whenever possible, especially with younger children.
  • Help your child build associations between what she knows and what she is learning.
  • Provide adequate practice to facilitate overlearning.
  • Provide variety. Switch from one subject to another and take breaks to keep up attention.
  • Encourage creative thinking. This is an opportunity your child may not be getting at school.
  • Encourage independence.
  • Take every opportunity to build your child's self-esteem.
  • Show a positive attitude toward your child's school and teacher. Work with the teacher not against her.