Learning can be a fun and enjoyable activity if the right supports are in place. We can build good study habits for kids.
Creating a Routine
Building a study routine is very important. Your child will begin to know when their study or homework time is and how long they are expected to work. You can use a timer as needed so that your child can see visually how long they have to continue working. Your location should have a comfortable chair and table where your child can work. While some children can work with music in the background, for most this would be too distracting so a quiet place is best.
Planning and Breaking Down Tasks
Planning how to approach a project is important. If it is too large, we are likely to get discouraged and not want to tackle it. When we break larger projects down into smaller tasks, then we are able to manage them better and we can see that we are progressing. When teaching a new concept, likewise, we can start with a simple concept and then build to more complex examples. Your child may need help to be able to break down the tasks. Your teacher may share with you some templates that are used for this purpose.
Allow Your Child To Do the Work
In a rushed time or when your child is having difficulty, it might be tempting to do the work for them. It is important to give the child enough space, to be able to do the work on their own. Review of their work is important too to see what areas they might need more work, but don’t get in the habit of fixing and doing the work for them. Help them find the resources they need to fix their errors. It might be writing out the rules they need to follow to be able to complete a task, or it may be getting them to re-read a passage or look something up online. Revision of work is an essential skill that they will need to have, especially as they get into the older grades.
Build in Breaks as needed
We all may need a break at times, particularly if we are struggling with a concept. However, its important that the breaks do not become a way to avoid doing the work. Allow for 1 or 2 breaks during the homework time and give your child the option of when they choose to have their break. But be sure to remind them, that there are only a set number of breaks, if they use all of them up early on, then they will have to work hard through the rest of their homework time.
It is important to have a positive attitude and one of openness to the learning process. It is important to recognize your child’s effort and when they are successful relate it back to their effort. Help them see failure as opportunity to learn and grow. In this way, they are encouraged to try difficult problems without focusing on whether they will be right or wrong, but what they will learn through the process.
It is important to recognize when your child has been successful. Finding even small successes will help encourage them to keep trying on something they might find challenging. You can build in rewards but be sure to tie it into their efforts.
Creating positive habits
Building good study habits for kids is important. With the right tools and attitudes you can tackle the homework together and create a positive learning experience.