Setting up a productive homework environment
- Make a designated workspace for the children at home. If possible, set up a table with resources available where they can work independently and preferably separate from your work area.
- Set boundaries and expectations. These are important. Keep to a schedule as close to that used at school as possible. Setting intentions for the day, reflecting on the day in the end and prepare for the next day.
- Make sure you have an abundance of materials available to your child. Not only will this help your child work independently, but you won’t be interrupted in your work as often. I will list some resources below.
- Discuss the non-negotiables. Things like no TV/tablets or project work before a certain amount of Maths and English has been done.
- Make a timetable and display it and a clock where visible to your child. This helps them not only be independent but also gives structure to their day.
- Discuss options of what to do when they are not sure about what to do next. This is very important to help you minimise interruptions to your workday. Include things like reading a book, watching a documentary, listening to a podcast etc.
Remember it’s not school, it’s still home
- Allow your children to have breaks. They cannot be expected to work nonstop. Scheduling a few 10-minute breaks through the morning is essential.
- Use technology to your advantage. Below you will find lots of great sites and resources for online learning. Using games and blogs in learning is ideal. Not all screen time is equal and often helps children learn new skills.
- Encourage collaboration. Children learn effectively from each other. Siblings can help each other. Get them involved in group learning or if no siblings, platforms like Zoom and Skype can help them collaborate with their peers.
- Read your child’s work and give positive feedback and encouragement.
- Finish the day by preparing for tomorrow. Get resources ready for the next day and possibly include a written reflection of the day.