Tips Helping Kids and Teens with homework

I have been teaching kids and teens for years and I thought it will be nice to share with you these tips. According to surveys, parents spend an average of six hours per week just to help their children with their homework.

Studies say that this act encourages kids to develop a positive attitude towards learning, in and out of school. And aside from this, parents get the benefit of being able to know their child’s strengths and difficulties thus giving them a chance to focus on what aspects need more attention.
But you are not a teacher, and you can’t deny the fact that you are also having a hard time on how you could fully help your child. So I am providing you some tips on how to do that.

First, you have to be familiar with the school’s guidelines on doing homework, ask a copy of leaflets about it and watch out for school newsletters so you could learn about modern teaching methods.

•    Have a homework area at home; just a flat surface with a good light source and a set of school supplies will do.
•    Set a time schedule for every activity, so you and your child would know what to do next after each every task. It is advisable that you set a break and provide some snacks before starting on homework.
•    Teach your child to be independent, avoid spoon-feeding, let him do the task and always remember that you are there only to assist them, and not to do the entire homework.
•    Have a good and open communication with them so you will be able to keep in touch on all the happenings around him/her.
•    Put away all temptations like the television and other disturbances, and discourage them from copying a research activity.
•    Make sure your child understands what he will submit and do not teach them your silly techniques at school.
Always be optimistic on your child’s attempts and do not let them see a homework as a chore, rather than a special time where you can bond and look forward to.

Math proficiency is a basic life skill, and its mastery is critical for many of our most-needed and best-paid jobs. Math is one of the first subjects introduced in a child’s formal education, and it will be revisited every year in primary and secondary school with math classes that sequentially build on the previous year’s foundation. Repeated standardized tests are performed regularly to help government officials and educators monitor progress. Unfortunately, despite these efforts, some children struggle with math for a few reasons.

The most common reason for not doing well in math usually is because the concepts are not presented in a meaningful way. The student does not understand or care about math because it does not seem to have a point. This can be considered a failure to connect with the student. More than any other subject, math requires multiple explanations. Although some readily understand math in all of its abstract glory, most need creative, real-world explanations of the seemingly random strings of numbers and symbols. When the right approach is found, many students begin to understand and even enjoy math.

Some children, though, fail to pick up on math despite these efforts. Many of them have learning disabilities which make their efforts unsuccessful. This is demoralizing to the child and requires addressing the disability first. In response to intervention, most students are then able to gain a basic math proficiency. It is important to get help early, though. A disproportionately harsh stigma accompanies failure in math class. Perhaps that is because of the difficulty of “faking it” in math or because of the almost insurmountable difficulty in catching up after getting too far behind. Regardless, educators and parents should watch for struggling children and offer help as soon as possible.

A final common explanation for poor math knowledge in children is the quality of the teachers themselves. As discussed above, a good math teacher must be a creative communicator who carefully observes the students and accurately detects learning disabilities. Most of that, though, is required of any good teacher regardless of subject. Actual math knowledge is typically quite strong among math teachers, and most readily understand the barriers they will encounter in teaching the subject and actively look for new ways to better help their students.

So although some children struggle with math, it is not a lost cause. Most children start our enthusiastically embracing math when they begin to count and add. They are not born hating math. It requires an ongoing effort by educators and family to make math a useful, interesting process and offer adequate assistance for students with learning disabilities. By doing those things, children will have an excellent opportunity to gain an essential math foundation.