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Schooling Support: 8 Top Tips to Help Your Child Learn at Home

If you're the parent of an elementary, middle, or high school student, you know first-hand how much stress many of today's kids face. Kids stress out over everything from self-esteem issues to bullying.

Yet, it's homework that causes more stress for kids than anything else. According to a 2018 study, almost 75 percent of teenagers list homework as their single-biggest cause of stress and frustration.

Homework is an important part of every child's academic progress. Kids need to learn at home to enjoy success in the classroom. But at the same time, homework shouldn't be so stressful that kids have a hard time coping with it.

Here are 8 tips that are designed to help parents help their children learn at home.

1. Talk to Your Kids About How School Is Going

Most parents ask their kids one simple question at the end of every day: "How was school today?"

To which kids usually respond: "It was good."

If that's as far as you usually get when talking to your child about school, you're making a mistake. It's going to be hard to encourage them to learn at home and at school when you don't take much of an interest in what they're learning.

Rather than simply asking your kids how their days went, try asking questions like:

    "What was the most interesting thing you learned in science class today?"
    "What was the most fun thing you did in gym today?"
    "What was the hardest part of the math lesson you had today?"

Asking questions like this will force your kids to give more than one-word answers. They'll spark conversations about school and encourage your kids to open up about what they're learning.

2. Ask About Any Subjects Giving Them Trouble

Are there any subjects in school that are giving your kids fits? Some kids struggle to get through math, while others don't have a ton of interest in social studies.

Instead of waiting until your kids' report cards come out to see that they're struggling, get ahead of things by asking about any potential problems they might be having.

There's a good chance your kids are having a tough time in at least one subject. It'll show you an area in which they need to improve by studying harder at home.

3. Offer to Sit Down and Help Them with Homework

If it turns out that there are subjects that your kids are struggling with in school, ask them if they would like you to sit down and help them with their homework.

Parents shouldn't, under any circumstances, do homework for their kids. But they also shouldn't hang their kids out to dry and refuse to help them when they ask for assistance.

Let your kids know you would be happy to help with homework anytime they want. It'll increase the chances of them asking for your help when they need it most.

4. Stay Calm When You're Doing Homework With Them

Homework can be just as frustrating for parents as it is for some kids. A study that was done a few years ago revealed that almost 50 percent of parents don't understand their kids' homework when they try to do it.

If you fall into this category, it's important for you to stay calm and avoid getting frustrated when you're trying to help your kids with homework. You're going to send the wrong message if you say things like:

    "This math problem makes no sense at all and is so stupid!"
    "Now I remember why I used to hate science class so much!"
    "I can't believe your English teacher makes you do all this writing every day!"

No matter how frustrated you might get while helping your child with homework, keep it to yourself. Stay positive and you'll get a much better reaction from your children when they're trying to learn at home.

5. Get Them Extra Homework Help

Do you not have the time that it takes to sit down and help your kids with homework? Or do you find that you're more confused about your kids' homework than they are in most cases?

Get them the extra homework help they need, especially if the homework is for a subject like math. Franchises like Thinkster Math and Mathnasium can provide kids with the tools they need to succeed in math.

6. Find Ways to Practice Schoolwork in Real Life

Kids can learn at home by doing more than just sitting at the kitchen table doing homework. They can also learn by using real-life scenarios.

For example, let's say your kids are learning about addition and subtraction in school. You can ask them to help you add up your grocery bill or figure out how much you spent eating out last month.

This will show your kids the practical applications of the things they're learning in school and make them feel like they're helping you around the house in the process.

7. Set Aside Study Time for Test Preparation

Kids spend, on average, about 10 hours every week taking part in extracurricular activities like youth sports and music lessons. This can cut into their study time if you let it.

To avoid having this happen, create a schedule that features specific times devoted to studying for upcoming tests. This will prioritize school and help your kids learn at home while also showing them the value of scheduling time for things that are important.

8. Reward Kids for a Job Well Done

Have your kids gone above and beyond in an effort to learn at home in recent months?

Tell them how proud you are of them and offer up some kind of reward for all the work they've been putting in. This will emphasize the importance of doing homework and make all the extra effort worth it to them.

Start Helping Your Child Learn at Home More Effectively

Teachers do their absolute best when it comes to teaching kids in school. But in order for kids to master certain skills, they need to continue to learn at home at night.

That doesn't mean your kids need to spend 5 hours doing homework when they come home at the end of a long day. But it does mean that your kids should be cracking the books for at least a little while every evening. It'll make it easier for them to understand what's happening in class, day in and day out.

Your goal should be to put your kids in a position to go to college one day. Check out our site for tips on working your way through the college application process once you get to that point.


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