Friday, February 19, 2010

Lend A Helping Hand With Homework

As the school year treks onward, those kids school uniforms might be showing some wear and tear and your kids are probably growing tired of all the schoolwork. A little encouragement and structure from Mom and Dad can help them get on the right track again! Here are a few tips from the Child Development Institute on how to help children with homework and maximize their potential as students:

Turn off the TV  Everyone knows the TV can be a HUGE distraction. Set a rule that when it’s study time, it’s also “no TV” time (for Mom and Dad too!) After homework is complete, you can even make plans to watch a favorite show or movie together as a whole family.

Establish a Routine. Try to organize the household into a routine – most kids thrive on structure. Serve dinner at a standard time and set aside homework time on a schedule every weeknight. Of course this can be a challenge with extracurricular activities. On these days, they can do homework before dinner instead of after.

Organize study and homework projects Get a large calendar and hang it on the wall in a central family area, such as the kitchen or living room. Have your child mark exam dates in one color, reports that are coming due in a different color, etc. This way they can see what is coming up and plan accordingly. It’s also great preparation for high school and college!

Before they know it, the school year will be over and it’ll be time to break out the sunscreen, beach balls and girls swimwear! Don’t forget to shop for school uniforms and designer kids clothes for all four seasons.

This blog was first posted at Trendy Girls Fashion Blog.

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