But for many parents
Okay, what to
The first step is to know the
It is also useful to find out what your children’s teacher will
Parents need to be mindful that it is hard for teachers these days as they don’t have too many options available to ensure children complete
Here are 10 tips to help you handle
2. Put the onus back on your children to take responsibility for their work. Ask children at the start of a
4. Help children decide the best time to
5. Establish a good working environment for students. Make sure they have a quiet area away from distractions that is well lit and with good ventilation. A table or desk makes a good workspace, although don’t be surprised if they spread work out all over the kitchen table. Some kids hate to be stuck away in their rooms and prefer to work at the kitchen table and can
6. Use the motivating research tool of the 21st Century – the Internet. It is quick, convenient and gives access to huge amounts of information. Nevertheless, children should still know how to access information from more traditional means such as books. Check with your child’s teacher as to their specific recommendations and preferences.
7. Encourage children to get organised by thinking ahead and planning their
8. If you are helping a child with a particular task, keep your explanation as simple and practical as you can. If you become upset or frustrated and the atmosphere becomes tense then stop helping.
9. Be realistic and don’t expect to solve all
10. If you have concerns about the how much
I urge schools to make sure
Parents also need to be patient with both children (if they struggle) and schools that are trying to find a balance between too little and too much in these busy times.
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