Helping your child with homework in kindergarten

Most parents know how tough it is to have their kindergarteners sit still and do their homework. Children that age have no desire to use the time they want to play doing their homework. This is a challenge which most parent face. However with the right strategies and advice from the experts at Alto Early Learning Montessori Centre, things can be made pretty simple.

Homework tips from experts

  • Parents should try to create an afternoon routine and stick to it. Consistency is a must when it comes to doing homework. If your child knows that they have to follow this routine everyday they might be able to accept things instead of crying or heaving about it.
  • Most experts are of the opinion, when kids know that they have to do something everyday they would do it no matter what and that too without any complaints.
  • Every time your child finishes their homework you can give them a sticker to encourage them. Once they have 5 stickers they can a spend special day with mum or dad. They also get to choose a place that they like.
  • It is important for parents to be physically present when the child is doing the homework. It is simply not possible for a 5 year old to sit and work independently on their own. You can start by sitting right next to them for the first few weeks till the finish the work. After 2-3 weeks you may try stepping away from them but still stay in the same room. You can then try moving in and out of the room and only being near them when needed. The end goal is not that your child needs you but rather that you are able to monitor their move. If you find them slacking a gentle reminder can do the trick.
  • It would be a good idea to try and set up a timer. Children this small shouldn’t be working for more than 10 minutes in a single sitting. They might easily get bored and the complaints would start again. It is okay to allow them a few breaks until they have finished all the work assigned to them.
  • Try changing the routine by allowing them to listen to some music, dancing and coloring just to take their mind of the work. Also if possible never let your child feel that homework is a chore. Rather it should be something that they look forward to so that you can be happy about what they have learnt at school. It is necessary that you praise your child for their efforts so that they are happier to work and earn the praise.
  • Get your hands on some colorful stationery. Children love these kind of things. They would be motivated to use the new pencil and show off their writing skills.

These simple and basic tips can help make things a great deal easier on your child.

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