Homework is a nuisance for many children, but it does serve an important educational purpose. Parents play a vital role by trying to encourage the children a healthy attitude to do homework instead of focusing on negative attitude like harsh punishments (Newcombe, 2012).
As a parent, what can we do to help our children initiate to do their homework?
- Ask yourself!
- What worked in the past that motivates your child to do homework? Preferably the positive ones.
- When is the best time for your child to do homework?Schedule homework time around it.
- Where is the best place for your child to do homework? This place should have minimal distraction.
- Get all stationery and books prepared before your child starts doing homework
- Always remind your child to organize the desk and pack his bag immediately after doing homework. This is his responsibility, not yours.
- You should observe your child, and talk to him to better understand the real situations in order to help your child.
- Always be there when your child needs guidance or a listening ear.
- If you are feeling frustrated from helping your child in homework, take a break.
- If your child is feeling agitated when doing homework, take a 5 min break. Make sure you keep the time.
- Focus on helping your child in homework.
- If you are tempted to shout at your child, walk away to get some fresh air and calm down. Your goal is to help in homework.
- Within the parameters you set around schoolwork, your child is free to make his own choices and deal with the consequences (for not completing homework).
- Never allowed your child to miss school or class whenever he/she fails to complete homework.
- If he/she needs to stay up late to complete homework, let it be. But your child should get up on time the next morning and go to school on time.
- Reward need not to be monetary, it can be a praise or a simplicious meal.
- Rewards should be immediate and consistent for maximum effects. This is same for punishment too =)
- Be consistent with TIME and PLACE to do the homework.
- Making a visual reminder (poster, timetable) will helps to reinforce the routine.
- You should make room for exceptions (vacation, illness, and extra classes) and have plan B.
Difficulties in maintaining proper pencil grip and the action of writing may hinder the ability to think and write at the same time, and the transfer of information from the brain to paper through the body. This undeveloped fine motor skills will further hinder learning tasks and academic performance. Research shown a clear link between poor physical coordination in primary school and performance in literacy and numeracy tests take at the age of 11.
Children should be given adequate opportunity to develop their physical coordination, balance and correct posture before embarking on school. Students who encounter challenges in reading or sitting still in the classroom may be due to the lack of physical maturity, such as eye-hand coordination and control of eye movements, for learning.
Parents are encouraged to send their children for physical screening to screen for the development difficulties. Expert suggest screening to take place at the age of 4 or 5 with repeat tests at 8 and 11 before moving on secondary education. Screening helps to identify children with underlying problems in re-integrating and reapplying the physical coordination they should have picked up in the course of development.
Factors contributing to developmental difficulties are reduced physical activities, increasing time spent on TV and video games, medical problems in pregnancy, birth or the first year of life and changes in the social and environments.
** For preliminary physical screening, contact 03-4108 6368.
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Reading readiness emerges at different pace. It is not a disability if a child is slower than his peers to start reading or read poorly. This could be due to immaturity in the functioning of the central nervous systems due to poor integration of the vestibular and proprioceptive neural systems. Children with poor reading readiness might also show difficulty in sitting still, listening, eye teaming, focusing, and remembering letters and words in the classroom.
How parents can help to improve reading readiness in your child? Research have shown sensory-motor integration helps in improving reading readiness.
Beware that watching television or playing video games does not helps in stimulating sensory-motor development. In fact, television, video or computer games may keep a child in a state of stress and actually interfere with sensory-motor development. The preferred and effective ways to develop and integrate sensory-motor pathway are through physical movement and fine motor activities.
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