A few tips when doing homework with your child.

As we know, when most children get home the last thing they want to do is their homework. At Au Pairs & Beyond we have learnt a few tips on how to help your child focus and make homework fun for everyone.

Prepare your children for homework. 

  • It really helps to encourage children by “building up’ towards homework time.
  • Once you have collected your child from school always remember to engage in conversation and ask them about their day, what they learnt, who they played with at break time, and what they ate in their lunch boxes.
  • If your child would like to talk about their school work, give them a chance to do so.
  • Give them a nutritious snack or lunch to feed their brains and to give them energy.
  • If your child is feeling unmotivated, do your best to encourage them and keep building them.
  • Always make sure to keep the homework routine and area where this takes place, the same everyday so your child is aware that at “that given” time during the day they will have to sit down and do homework.

How to choose and create a workplace to do homework.

  • Pick a spot in your child’s home, which is nice and quiet with no distractions.
  • If you are assisting more than one child, separate them into their own areas to ensure you get the most focus from each child.
  • Sit away from all temptations and create a time that is technology free.
  • It is important to make sure you have all the correct stationary and to set homework goals with fun incentives.

How to make homework a stress free time.

  • Create a set homework schedule that your child is aware of and make sure to not leave homework too late in the afternoons.
  • You could use a fun schedule template, which your child can colour in and create as his/her fun project.
  • Start off by asking what homework your child has for the day, allowing them to go through what they have to do and ask what they would like to start with.
  • Assist with one thing at a time.
  • Make sure to have good time management, as this could make a child tired and restless if homework takes too long.

If there are any questions or concerns you may have regarding the homework it is advised to speak to the parents (If you are tutoring/Au Pairing for a Family) or the child’s teacher (If you are the Parent)

How to make homework a fun time for children.

  • At Au Pairs & Beyond we suggest using fun star charts decorated with characters or images that your child might love.
  • These star charts could have incentives of positive reinforcement by getting a “star”every time your child completes their homework with no hiccups.
  • Assist your child with writing, but not doing the homework for them, rather show them how to do it and have them copy you.
  • Keep encouraging your child.
  • Make sure you explain clearly what needs to be done as homework can be frustrating if your child doesn’t understand.
  • Allow your child to have a fun break in-between for example, doing star jumps and/or a short run around in the garden.
  • Make reading fun by becoming the characters of the book and acting them out with the children.

At Au Pairs & Beyond, We have learnt over the years of doing homework with children of all ages, that everyone deals with homework differently. A huge common factor was allowing for a quiet space with no distractions and constant encouragement and uplifting for your child and making sure they have had a little snack to keep their energy levels at a pace where they can concentrate easily.