Busy schedules and everyday life can make homework a challenge. Many teachers have helped to make homework manageable and appropriate for a child’s age and ability level. Even reading 20 minutes a day can be a struggle to fit into a busy routine.
Here are tips on how to make homework easier to handle:
- Offer a choice of space to read or write. Some children do best when allowed to choose where they are more comfortable.
- Reading in the car can be an easy way to get reading minutes done “on the go.”
- Offer different activities to perform with your child after his/her work is done (example: making a slime creation or playing with shaving cream).
- Consider hunger and thirst needs are met prior to beginning homework.
- Try to limit distractions including TV, music and other noises.
- Be sure children have time to move before and/or after homework. This may include taking a walk or playing outside after their homework is complete.
- Some children do better in the morning to complete homework, and some children do better before a high preference such as dessert or movie time in the evening.
- Adequate lighting is important and good posture helps to focus during homework.
- Offering different options of pencils. It can be helpful to add a triangle grip to pencils to use the correct three finger grasp when holding pencils and markers.
- Support accomplishments with positive words (“Great job trying to answer all the questions”).
Submitted by: Kristen Jackson, MOTR/L
Kristen began working at NCH in the Rehabilitation Services Department in February 2007. She earned her Master’s of Occupational Therapy degree in January 2007 from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Kristen provides services to clients of all ages from infant to elderly. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the Vermont Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA).