Getting organized & establishing a realistic routine:
Children need to organize their time and their equipment for successful study. The ability to be organized throughout the school year is an essential skill; it is the foundation on which successful students build.
- Creating routines around study is helpful; ideally, your child will study at the same time each day for a set period. Where this isn’t possible, think about how time to study fits in with your child’s other extracurricular activities and find a spot where it sits comfortably, so that your child won’t be too exhausted to concentrate nor too rushed between sports or music lessons.
- Consider the age of your child to ensure that the period of time you set aside for homework is realistic. The time should be long enough for the child to engage meaningfully with their work and to complete assigned tasks, but not so long that the child cannot sustain their focus and homework time becomes a punishment! Consult with your child’s teachers if necessary; if your child struggles to sustain focus for enough time to complete a task, allow a ‘brain break’ where the child completes a different task or does a physical activity for ten minutes or so before getting back on task.
- Praise younger children for their focus and or/effort during their homework time when their concentration has been good, regardless of the quality of work that has been produced.