|Do your homework!|
Our oldest didn't need much help and most of the time I didn't even know if she had homework. For our youngest, however, homework was a bad word. She was diagnosed with Dyslexia and high anxiety, so homework had us jumping through some hurdles. It took some time to figure out how to conquer homework with her, but after some research and trial and error, we won the battle. We found that being in a calm, organized and stress free environment along with the right tools did the trick.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has some great tips for homework and developing organizational skills that can turn homework into a peaceful time of night rather than a time they dread all day. Here are some of my favorites:
- Brush your teeth
- Make your bed
- Eat Breakfast
- Make your lunch
- Do your Homework
- Take a bath
Your local library may even have resources for parents as well as elementary and high school age kids.
Looking for online help? Here are a couple of great resources.
What we need to do is teach our children that homework isn't just a chore but a way to make us smarter. It reinforces what they have learned at school during the day. Homework is actually a way to practice better skills to make them a better student. It's no different then playing a sport and having to go to practice to make you better. Practice makes perfect on and off the court.