How to Help Kids Focus on Homework
It’s no secret that healthy homework habits for key to kids succeeding in school. Part of creating a productive homework routine for kids is establishing an environment conducive to concentration. But in all the chaos of a busy family, it can be hard to carve out a space that is comfortable and conducive to studying when there are so many distractions at home. The TV, phones, computers and other devices can interfere with a child’s productivity. But setting up a designated homework station at home where kids can stay focused on their work is more than just doable – it can be fun for parents and kids alike.
Tips for How to Help Kids Focus on Homework:
- Choose the Right Location: For younger kids, it’s best to choose a space that is in a central location so parents can help them out while prepping for dinner or tidying the house. The older they get, the less they need direct supervision during homework hours, but it’s still important to set aside a designated, distraction-free spot for them to do their work.
- Go Device-Free: Unless their homework requires the use of the Internet, make the study area device-free. Limiting screen time for kids means no TV, no tablets, no phones, no stereos and no computers. This helps kids concentrate and cam keeps them focused on the task at hand. Even if they need to use a computer, try to limit their access to Facebook, chat and other distractions during homework hours.
- Provide Supplies: Once parents have found a good study space, they should outfit it with the supplies the children need and organize them in an accessible way. Kids don’t need to have a huge homework station, but even if it’s just a desk and chair, it's a good idea to purchase extra storage units to keep supplies organized and neat. Things like pens, scissors and glue can be neatly contained, and kids can put them away in the right spots when they’re done using them.
- Know Your Child: Children learn in different ways, and only parents know best how their kids respond to learning methods. Try to cater the homework space to the children's needs; if they are visual learners, give them more space to draw, write and create. If they are ‘doing’ learners, they may need more objects to experiment with or books to read as references.
It can be fun to arrange a space at home for a child to do all of his or her best thinking and creating. This will help them stay focused on their homework. Kids can try a few different spots until they find the one that works. It may take a little trial and error to get to the right spot, but once they find it, it's much easier to carve out a daily homework routine.