When it comes to homework time, helping your child is important, but did you know there is a difference between supporting and enabling them during homework time? The goal of “…support should always be to empower your child to move forward toward a greater stability and more independence… To enable is to inadvertently reinforce an undesired behavior (child mind.org).”
PHASE I: Work side by side
In the beginning of the school year, it is supportive to set up your child’s homework spot with them so they have the proper tools to be successful (flashcards, pencils, highlighters, calculator, multiplication chart…). Once it is time to begin homework, model how to break down the task. This could be talking about which assignment to tackle first, or writing down the assignments on a sticky notes so they can throw it away once down. Read the directions with your child to check for understanding. If needed, in the first weeks, sit with your child.
PHASE II: Letting your child take control
Once your child is more confident and the routine has become a habit, start to just check in with them making sure they are off to a successful start. Brain breaks are a very good way to help with any frustrating assignments or to do once a subject’s assignment is complete. Discover if your child needs a quiet brain break or a more active brain break.
Brain Breaks: Reduce stress and increase attention and productivity
Children learn faster and remember things better after exercise because it basically gets their blood pumping!
Depending on your child’s personality and learning style, figure out if your child will benefit from a quiet brain break or an active brain break.
For students that need quiet brain breaks because overstimulation affects them negatively or those that need more of a sensory brain break try these: meditation exercise, calming music, drawing, stacking blocks, easy puzzles…Sensory Brain Breaks: chewing gum, eating a crunchy snack or other tactile activities…
For students that need an active brain break try these: stretching, wall push-ups, jumping jacks, freeze dance, snow angels, or just running in place…
If you have any questions or need further ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out to me through email or stop by my classroom.
Thank you for all you do to support your child in their education!