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Every September, millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft, to transform their summer-glazed campers into fall students, their video-bugs into bookworms. Advice is cheap and all too familiar: Clear a quiet work space. Stick to a homework schedule. Set goals. Set boundaries. Do not bribe (except in emergencies).
And check out the classroom. Does Junior’s learning style match the new teacher’s approach? Or the school’s philosophy? Maybe the child isn’t “a good fit” for the school.
Such theories have developed in part because of sketchy education research that doesn’t offer clear guidance. Student traits and teaching styles surely interact; so do personalities and at-home rules. The trouble is, no one can predict how.
Yet there are effective approaches to learning, at least for those who are motivated. In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying.
The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on.
For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
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Lucky are the parents who have kids who love school and studying. These kids sit right next to their books the moment they reach home without being told. These kids get on with their assignments with minimal input or supervision from they parents. And the best part is, they do not hesitate to ask if they find some things confusing.
However, not all kids are thrilled with studying. In fact, most kids dislike the idea of school and making assignments. These kids are very moody when they make their assignments, and they get easily frustrated when they come across something they find confusing. On top of that, they usually complain and get frustrated about their assignments.
Because of this, some parents make their kid’s assignment to avoid getting into a fight with their kids. Children with poor frustration tolerance often make homework a battlefield, which is why parents end up answering their child’s assignment instead. In order to maintain a positive atmosphere at home, parents end up making their kid’s assignments.
However, doing this does not solve the actual problem. While parents must help their kids through their homework, they should not do the actual work for their kids. There are some parents that you can do to help your child build a positive attitude when it comes to school and making assignments. If your child finds making assignments too tiring or too boring, perk his senses up by doing some changes.
At home, make sure that your child has his own place for studying and making assignments. This will help your child see the positive side of doing schoolwork. Give him a study area that is free from distractions and interruptions. Make it ideal for learning by making sure that it is well-lit, organized, and has useful books and encyclopedias for reference.
Aside from a study area, you should also give your child a particular time for studying and making assignments. Develop a certain time routine, and follow through it every single day. When the time is set, make sure that your child sticks to it. By doing so, you will help your child feel less frustrated because he is following a structure.
But the most important thing that you should remember is to give your child a head start when it comes to making assignments. Especially if your child finds the topic difficult, help him through by giving him an idea or the first few words of the answer and let him finish the assignment on his own.
Giving your child a head start helps him accomplish his homework without over functioning. Aside from that, you are also letting your child make his own decisions and exercise his own ideas when it comes to completing his assignment.
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We have all been there. A child has homework to do and really does not want to do it. But I never realized how serious this situation could become until I saw results of an online survey about parents and homework. The survey indicated that:
10% had no problem getting their child to do their homework
18% had to remind their child to do their homework
48% said that homework was a daily family battle,
16% reported that homework often caused a meltdown
8% said that their child hated school because of homework!
These numbers are astonishing.What is going on here? Homework is supposed to be helping not making things worse! Homework should never, NEVER, cause issues with your relationship with your child. Your relationship with your child is far too precious to be threatened by you trying to get your child to do homework.
Now I know it can be difficult. I have worked with families where mothers (it is usually mothers) have been at their wits end trying to find ways to get their children to do homework. The anger and frustration caused by this situation spills out into all aspects of family life and causes all kinds of problems. I have seen parents threaten children with loss of privileges in an effort to get their child to do their homework. I have had mothers in tears on the phone because they don’t know what to do, and even know of mothers who do their child’s work for them rather than having to face the frustration and anger of getting their child to do the work!
What are you to do if your child hates homework? Unfortunately that answer is not straightforward. It depends on the reasons WHY your child does not want to do homework. Here are five reasons children hate homework and what you can do about them.
Doing homework takes time, time that you child would rather spend doing fun things.
Solution – Set a limit to the time your child spends doing homework and stick to it. If your child knows he can stop working at a certain time he will be more motivated to do the work.
The homework is too hard and your child does not know how to do it.
Solution. Tell your child’s teacher that your child couldn’t do it so that the teacher can review the work.
Homework is ‘boring’.
Solution. This is a difficult because homework often is boring. Again, setting time limits AND talking to your child’s teacher about the issue may help. Children use the word ‘boring’ to cover a variety of situations, you might need to check out why your child thinks homework is boring.
Homework is left to the last minute.
Solution. Help your child keep a homework agenda complete with dates for when work has to be handed in. Mark dates on a calendar and work backwards to decide when your child should to start work. Then let your child be responsible for getting the work done on time. Don’t let your child let his problem (no time) become your problem.
Books needed for homework are left at school.
Solution. If this happens often it is a sure sign that your child is struggling to learn and feels that the homework is too hard. Talk to your child’s teacher and try to set up a system to remind your child what books are needed but also tell the teacher if your child is struggling with homework.
So, my advice about homework is this-
The amount of benefit your child gets from finishing a homework assignment NEVER outweighs the importance of your relationship with your child. The amount of time you spend cajoling and coercing your child to do their work is counterproductive. There is no way that homework should create tension in a family, and definitely not the kind of meltdowns the survey suggests.
Stop letting your child’s homework cause family problems, it is just not worth it.
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