Are you engaged in homework battles? Is it a nightmare every time you sit at the kitchen table with your child to do homework? Does homework take hours when it should be done in minutes?
You aren’t alone! With new standards and expectations, homework is getting more and more difficult, and few students are capable of doing their homework without help or guidance. If there is a learning difference at stake, then it compounds the problem, often ending in battles, emotional upheavals, and anxiety.
If your child is struggling to complete homework independently, don’t despair! There are some basic, steps you can take to help you navigate this nightmarish puzzle. Following are some tips that can help you and your child win the homework game.
1. Don’t get into an emotional struggle with your child. Homework isn’t a life or death matter, however important it may seem. Yes, homework needs to be done, but it needs to be completed in neutral territory. Yelling, screaming, threatening, and losing control never helps. Step back, take a breath, and realize that it is a process.
2. Set aside a specific time each day for homework. Build this schedule into our routine and your child’s. The best time is actually right after school for most students who are struggling with a learning disability. They have a difficult time transitioning back and forth from the school day to play or down time. Get them while they are still in school mode.
4. Talk to the teacher. If your child is spending too much time on homework, then don’t just accept it. A child should be allowed to play and have fun. Most districts have guidelines that limit homework time. If your child is spending too much time, ask the teacher to shorten the homework.
5. Don’t just accept that your child’s learning issues are forever. The Harp Learning System, the very one we use in our Harp Learning Institute centers, can fill in the learning gaps in your child’s learning foundation. This system is also being used successfully in schools. With a 98% success rate, students master learning in a fun, easy way at home! Here is a link for this system. http://www.learning-aids.com/harp-learning-system.html. Coupled with our TouchTile Reading System and Dyslexia Reading System, students’ average reading jump is five grade levels in the course of the system (usually 12 – 18 months). This is unheard of with traditional approaches!
At any rate, homework can be tough. If you work on a two-pronged system where the student is getting help to overcome the learning problem as well as specific homework guidelines, then you’ll be surprised at how well your child can make progress.