Keeping Focus

As it gets warmer and lighter outside getting the kids to hit the books can be even more challenging than normal!  Help your kiddos stay on track for the last few weeks!

1.  Create a quiet, well equipped work space.  Make sure your kiddos have a quiet, well light area to do homework.  Be sure to keep it stocked with materials your child need such as paper, pencils, pens, etc.

2.  Help your child with time management.  Tell your kiddos they have one hour after school to do whatever they want.  Set a kitchen timer and adhere to it.  After that hour school work begin.  If you have a child that rushes through her homework to get to the fun stuff set your trusty kitchen timer for computer & TV time as well.  Encourage your child to take their time on their school work and remind them that even if they finish early they will not get addition time.  If your child tends to hyper-focus and spend too much time on just one project take some time to sit down with them and help them see the big picture.  Make a list of all the evenings’ assignments on one sheet of paper and map out a schedule to make it through everything.

3.  Do your part.  Be positive when your child is working.  Remind them how important school is and remember that your attitude can directly affect theirs.  It’s also a good reminder to give your child guidance when they need help and NOT the answer.  They need to learn the skills themselves.  But make sure to keep an eye out fatigue & frustration.  Giving your child a short break can make all the difference in the world!

4.  Reward progress in homework.  If your child has been successful in homework completion and is working hard, celebrate that success with a special event (i.e. pizza, a trip to the park or extra computer/TV time) to reinforce the positive effort.

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