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How Do I Get My Child To Do Their Homework?

As a single mom you know you have a lot of hats to wear. Being the person in charge of making sure the school age kids do their homework is a responsibility you can’t take lightly.

Just as the homework assignments change from class to class, the way to motivate the kids to complete the homework differs according to the child. Some kids do their homework as soon as they get home from school while others put it off until just before bedtime, hoping either that the assignments will magically be done by the time they get to them, or, perhaps, just to give them a chance to stay up later.

There is no best homework schedule solution. All children are different, and all families are different. The single mom is often frustrated trying to find a good time to schedule the homework.

Successful moms find that they have to take their own schedule into consideration when trying to find the best consistent time for homework. It’s important that you’re available for support if needed so that your child doesn’t become overwhelmed. This doesn’t mean that you have to sit next to the child and hold his hand while he’s doing his homework; just that you’re available to make sure that the child isn’t distracted.

Moms with busy schedules can often become frustrated just by the thought that they have to carve out time from their day for homework that seems to have no great benefit. Many teachers assign homework as busy work, and it may seem like a senseless waste of time. Accept this for what it is, realizing that the school has a reason for this practice, even if it’s only to groom the student for the future. Don’t let the child pick up on your frustration or get the feeling that he’s wasting his time. Reinforce the idea of the importance of the homework.

Kids often need a bit of relaxation time once they get home from school, and mom usually needs a moment or two when she gets home from work. Keep experimenting with the schedule until you find a time that works the best for the whole family.

Once you’ve found a time frame that’s favorable to homework, be consistent. Make the time spent with your child a valuable and positive experience.

Learning Techniques For The Visual Learner

Learning techniques are helpful because every child has a different learning style. Moms with more than one child may recognize that the teaching tips and techniques that they have mastered for the first born just don’t seem to work with the baby of the family.

Don’t panic, mom. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is a slow learner. The most logical explanation is that your child learns in a different way.

There are several types of learning styles. The main types are auditory, physical (kinesthetic) and visual. A visual learner learns new things by watching.

A few clues that parents can use to identify the child as a visual learner can show up early in your child’s development and allow the parent to adapt the learning techniques they use to teach the child. Learn about child development so you are more prepared to help your children succeed in their education.

  • In younger kids, pay attention to how they react to noise. Does it easily distract them? Do they tend to overact to some sounds?
  • Does the child have a hard time speaking to another unless they can see the other person?
  • Visual learners tend to be color oriented. Does your child arrange things by color?
  • Does the child pick up on patterns? Do they point out similarities and differences?
  • Does your child ‘talk with his hands’?

These are all signs pointing to the visual learning style. There are several learning techniques that can be used to help your visual learner succeed once you have discovered their learning style.

Use color as much as possible. Color coded stickers on the chore chart works better than words for younger visual learners.

When speaking to your visual learner, remember that they will have an easier time focusing on you if you speak face to face.

The visual learner can become distracted easily, so keep in mind that written directions have a better chance of being remembered and followed than verbal directions. The tendency to be easily distracted also means that the child will find studying and reading easier in a quiet area.

When the child is old enough to write, provide colored pencils, pens and highlighters. The colors will help the child visualize words so that they are more easily learned.

Colorful illustrations, diagrams and charts are also a tool to help the child visualize lessons so that they are remembered more successfully.

Once your visual learner enters school, make sure that the teacher is aware of what you have discovered about your child’s learning style. This will provide the teacher an early opportunity to use her teaching techniques to play to the learning strengths of your child and help them succeed.