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Tips And Pointers For Effective Homework Times

Tips and Pointers For Effective Homework Times 

Excessive does not even begin to describe the amount of homework that is being assigned these days. If the amount of homework is excessive or if the subject is too difficult for the child's capabilities, the effectiveness of homework may have a boomerang effect, this is especially true for children in grade school. Being able to understand and retain new materials can be negatively affected due to these stress mechanisms, family conflict can ensue due to battles over homework and avoidance patterns due to negative associations with homework can become a problem. Even the most organized and intelligent of children can experience unnecessary stress linked to homework, and those struggling with mood, symptoms, attention problems or learning disabilities not become unregulated and unorganized which can lead to vicious cycles.
Here are few tips and pointers from that can help make homework time more pleasant and effective:

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Use Motor-Sensor Tricks
For children who are more active and have a tendency to be restless and fidgety you can tie an exercise band over the legs of their chair, the front legs so they can move it around with their feet, provide an exercise ball for them to sit on etc. Chewing as well as sucking can help to organize the nervous system so offer them a piece of chewing gum.

Incorporate a Timer
Some children have a difficult time getting started on their work, provide a time limit, challenge them to see how much they are able to accomplish in only thirty minutes and set a timer accordingly, If needed, you can always reset. You can also try offering a certain award of they are able to sit down and begin their work in the next five minutes.

Have a Talk With Their Teacher
Ask questions such as how long should it take for my child to complete a homework? If it is attacking your child way longer than the expected amount of time, then may be the amount is excessive. Request that the teacher modify the homework maybe reduce the load of the project or perhaps take out some of the “busy work”, or assign even or odd problems. This may need to be requested as a formal plan in writing, but if you think it may work than go ahead and ask.

Take Short Breaks
For a little while after school, allow your child some time to unwind , keep in mind however that it is best to complete the project sooner than later. Provide snacks that are full of protein and healthy fats, maybe even some complex carbs that will help rev the power of your child's brain while keeping the blood sugar levels steady.

Offer Rewards
If your child is unmotivated, as often as possible, offer immediate rewards such as, once you are finished, I will play a board game with you. As video games are said to have a negative academic affect and can also affect time management, concentration and sleep, never use them as a reward. Perhaps get a homework buddy or a tutor, most kids do not necessarily need a tutor, however they tend to perform better at times with someone who is not dad or mom assisting them with their task.

Create a Space Which is Productive

In a perfect world, there would be rooms with only a desk, chair or exercise ball and white walls for children to do their homework in. If there are many auditory and visual distractions lying around, the more interruptions there will be. Classical music or white noise is helpful as long as they are kept soft.