How can I prevent a homework meltdown?
When your child is ready to begin homework, help her number the assignments in the order in which they’ll be completed, says Ann K. Dolin, M.Ed., founder and president of Educational Connections Inc. The first item on her to-do list should be the assignment perceived to be the easiest or the most enjoyable. For example, if your mathematically-inclined child comes home with spelling, math, and reading homework, tackle the math assignment first. This simple strategy puts kids in the right frame of mind from the start. They are less likely to procrastinate and are in a positive mindset when they approach harder assignments later on.
How can I make homework fun for my child when I have no interest in what she’s studying?
Parents should know that, first and foremost, education starts at home and children mimic what parents do, says Jayanthi Raghunath, director of the Kumon Math and Reading Centers of Spring Valley and New City. Parents must be totally into their children’s education right from the beginning. Giving kids the support system by being at home to make sure the homework gets done and fostering an environment where children feel like, “Hey, my mom is helping me, my dad is giving me moral support, I should do what I can, the best way I can,” that’s more important than helping with the subject itself.