By: Joan Walsh
In the world of 2013 plus, our children face more temptation not to study, and or not to focus on school. There is an electronic device with tempting social media at their fingertips every minute of the day. What can parents do to set an example from first thru twelfth grade?
For a period of time each day, parents, and or child care providers can:
1. Gather any and all electronic devices, and tuck them away (if they are not required)during
2. Have children and adults turn off all TV sets in the house.
3. Have children do their homework at a table in a central location of the home or room, away from their bedrooms. Studying, and or reading on a bed (other than reading for pleasure) can lead to daydreaming and falling asleep.
4. Establish these rules in first grade, so the behavior becomes routine. Establish a time for homework that is consistent, after a thirty minute break, daily.
5. Offer to go over the homework directions with our child orally. Do the first one or two exercises with your child. Then allow your child to complete the next ten examples alone. Place a small checkmark on any of the ten you child makes a mistake on, and have your child self-correct without your help. If you are unable to help your child with homework, arrange for your child to work with an adult who is willing and able to follow through without showing anger and frustration.
6. Remind your child that learning comes with its share of failure and confusion, and this is normal when exploring new topics. Learning takes practice and sacrifice on the part of each member of a family, but it is worth the investment.
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