We are always getting questions from parents of school-age children on the best ways to help kids with homework. Even if your child is attending a tutoring or learning centre, it’s always a great idea to reinforce what they’re learning in the home environment and show you are involved in the process.
One of the biggest mistakes I see is parents who try to ‘help’ their kids by doing their homework for them. It can be an easy trap to fall into in an effort to speed up the homework time, while helping kids get the right answers. But the goal is to let them figure it out for themselves so they become problem solvers in their own right and you’re setting them up for success later on!
Now that you know what not to do, here are the top three tips on what you can do to make homework time fun and successful in your home:
Set-up a routine
There is a lot of research out there demonstrating the benefits of setting up a regular homework schedule. I know, it can be tough to do given all the extra-curricular activities, play-dates, movie nights, etc. But trust me…it works! Being consistent in setting aside a regular time for your kids to complete their homework reinforces how much you value and prioritize their education.
Make it fun!
I know, I know…homework, fun?! It sounds like an oxymoron, but it doesn’t have to be. This can be as simple as making a fun work-space for them to do their homework in or helping them study for an exam by quizzing them in a game-show fashion. Learning apps can also be a great tool to get your kids motivated to learn by using the technology they know and love. Come on in to Marine Drive Math & Science Centre to chat with us for more ideas on how to engage your kids in fun ways to do homework!
Know when your kids need extra help
Failing to acknowledge the challenges your kids might be facing will not make the problem go away, as I’m sure we all know. Recognizing the opportunity to help them succeed and making an action plan will ensure their confidence is restored. Homework challenges are a conversation we would love to address with you to ensure you are doing everything you can to help your kids succeed. If your kids aren’t already students of ours, this would be a great time to come in and see how we can help them excel with their school-work and feel more confident in school!
Contact us for more information or to book a free mathematics assessment (just mention that you found us on North Shore Mama).
About Marine Drive Math & Science Centre
Since 1997 the Math & Science Centre, conveniently located on the fourth floor of Capilano Mall, has been providing tutorial services to students in North and West Vancouver. In that time we have helped over 1500 students improve their grades and confidence.
Our main focus is Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English
We are proud to say that our tutors have been working at the Math & Science Centre for many years. They have worked with hundreds of learners and have gained exceptional experience in helping students with many different learning styles and abilities – from those who are struggling to those who are ready to be challenged.