Helping Kids with Homework

As a single mother, there’s a good chance you’re busy from dawn to well past dark. However, there’s also a chance that you have a child who is struggling in at least one course. It can be hard to watch your children struggle with homework, but you might think that there’s no way to help. Thankfully, there is. Whether you create a homework area or help your children while you’re doing evening tasks, you can find the time. Here are just a few tips for helping kids with homework.

Create a Homework Area

It’s always a good idea for families to have an area devoted to homework. It doesn’t have to be an entire room. For example, it might just be a table that you add to your living room where kids can gather around the table and work. If you do have an extra room, you could add a computer, bookshelves, reading chairs, and work desks to create a study room where everyone can gather in the evenings during “homework time”.

Set Aside Time Each Evening

Homework, especially for small children, usually takes less than two hours to complete. That means you could set aside time each evening around dinnertime. This would allow children to work on the homework they don’t need help with while you prepare dinner and then after dinner, you could help with the difficult assignments.

Work with Difficult Topics During the Weekend

You don’t have to focus on assignments during the weekend. What you could do is simply focus on the subject and material. For example, if your children are having trouble with math, you might find fun videos for them to watch that help them better understand the material. You could also use flash cards for younger children. Try to make the process fun so that kids don’t get too bored and actually want to learn.

Have Children Read to You While You Cook or Do Housework

Another great way for single mothers to help kids with homework is to have children read aloud while you’re cooking or folding laundry. This allows you to get work done, but you’ll also be helping your children with their reading class. That way you can help them pronounce difficult words, question them about the story, and make sure they understand what they just read. If it’s a book for a report, you could even ask the child to give a summary of the book, which will help him create a better report.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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