When your child gets home from school or after-school care, he might want to relax for a little while, or he may want to jump right in and work. Have him try each method for one week and keep track of how it goes. He could write notes in each day’s calendar square. (“Went great!” or “Hard time getting started.”) After two weeks, he can review the notes to see which routine worked best.
Does your youngster ever feel restless when he’s doing homework? Suggest that he get up and move to a new spot. For example, he might finish his vocabulary assignment at the kitchen table and then read his science chapter on the porch. A planned break (say, to have a snack or take a walk) can also give him a second wind.
Help your child make a list of strategies he can use when he gets stuck. For a math assignment, he might try tools like a number line or find sample problems in his book. When he’s reading, he could look up words in a dictionary or reread a paragraph. Tip: If he’s still stumped, he might call a friend or write down his question to ask his teacher the next day.
Published in Reading Connection: Tips for Reading Success