The coronavirus outbreak has modified our routines, and homework is no exception.
Households all over the world are facing the challenges of studying and working from home. The shift can be complex, but with the following guidelines in mind you can help your children through the transition process so they can keep learning and achieving their academic goals.
Make a Schedule for Homework
If you are working from home you may have already noticed that a schedule is the best way to manage your activities. A set routine provides a sense of structure and normalcy that is necessary under the present circumstances. The same applies to your children. Create a schedule for homework and find together the arrangement that makes most sense for everyone.
Sticking to a schedule for homework doesn’t mean that you and your children can’t have fun. On the contrary, be sure to include spaces in your schedule when everyone’s free to have fun. Unstructured time can be beneficial, if used judiciously. Staying together all the time is not always easy, so take advantage of every chance you have to laugh or to make your children laugh.
Set Up a Place for Homework
As a part of your efforts to provide structure, set up a place for schoolwork. Make sure that the chair is comfortable, there is enough light and the area is quiet. Associating a specific place with homework will allow your children to concentrate more easily and help them establish a separation between their academic and personal activities.
The best way to stave off distracting conflicts among family members is to foster mutual understanding. As a first step, try to imagine how confusing these unprecedented circumstances must be for a child. Then, encourage all family members to share their feelings. Make an agreement to be more kind than usual to one another, as this is the best way to navigate a prolonged lockdown.
Physical activity is a good way to help your children stay focused and engaged when it’s time to do their homework. Inactivity can be boring and has a numbing effect. On the other hand, the positive impact of exercise on cognition is well documented and backed with research. Find ways for your children to exercise at home and take it as an opportunity to spend quality time together and strengthen your bond with each other.