Did you know I taught school for seven years before I had my kids?
I taught seventh grade history and eight grade health…and I loved it!
Switch gears to having my own kids, I have found that doing homework with your own kids, is similar to teaching in the classroom.
Here are some tips that may help you out at home.
Be near them but don’t hover. Kids need their freedom to do work on their own. I always stay in the same room, and help my child understand the concept, however, when my child gets to work on their homework I don’t stand over them the entire time –so that my child feels that they are able to accomplish on their own.
Praise, Praise, and Praise. Even if your child does something wrong on their homework assignment, correct them, but correct tactfully and find something to praise them with. Such as “we need to re-do this, but your handwriting looks great there.” It’s amazing how much confidence or lack of confidence comes from school work and when we stay positive with the childs learning abilities, it not only motivates the child to work harder, but it reminds them that even if they make a mistake they are capable, intelligent people.
Be willing to give your child breaks while working on homework. We all know it’s idea to sit down and get an assignment completed. However, for some kids, having breaks while doing homework keeps a positive environment. Yes it takes a bit more patience for the parents, but if the child benefits from breaks, give them some time to complete the assignment.
-Make a point to stay near the child that’s doing homework, and yet work on something yourself. Again, it’s hard not to hover .. and it’s good to keep them on track … but if they can see that you are THERE and PRESENT if they need help that’s great. Even more, if they see that you are cooking or writing in your journal close by… this might create an opportunity for your child to work to solve homework problems in their own .. which is a great thing. As the parent, stay productive yourself while the child is working on homework close by you.
–Put away the phones : Parents and the child doing homework should have their phones’ sound turned off and the phones should be away from the parent and child so as to not cause major distractions.
–Serve up some snacks. Sometimes it’s a bit more enjoyable to get through homework with some snacks to munch on. These snacks shouldn’t be sugary and unhealthy treats.. but more so, some food that’s healthy and tasty to the child.
-Be consistent with setting a homework routine. Kids crave routines and truly work extremely better when there is an expected routine in place. Find a designated time and area of the house to do homework and be as consistent as possible.
-Have your child teach you. As a former teacher myself, I found that I learned more from teaching than I ever did in college. Why? Because when you teach a topic or subject you truly have to know and understand the topic and be an expert in that area. Having your child teach you—the parent, a concept they have learned can be a positive way to enhance the child’s confidence. Also, having the child teach the parent can help the child understand topics and subjects at a much deeper level.
-Make homework fun! Now I’m not saying you have to blast music, but as the parent, have a smile on your phase, make sure your tone of voice is positive and cheerful. Most of all, if we as parents are encouraging and positive .. your child can enjoy their time doing homework, versus dreading homework time. Attitude is everything when it comes to homework.
For our little family … we are getting back into a routine with things.
My oldest son goes to kindergarten Monday-Thursday, and I’m learning how to teach him on Fridays… and it’s been fun!
My son has learned a lot this year —it’s crazy to see him sounding out words and recognizing words. He doesn’t always want to do school work, and I don’t push him too much because at the end of the day, I want school to be fun for him.
Cade, our boy, has a neighbor friend that comes to play most days .. and he looks forward to playing everyday. Cade is our social boy and loves people.
Makell— (3 years) our middle child and oldest daughter, she has enjoyed preschool two days a week.
Makell loves to be like her big brother so she feels pretty special to be in school.
Makell loves art and drawing and has learned to write an “M” and an “O” and an “A” on papers.
Makell is so nurturing and caring. Nobody takes care of their dolls better than Makell. Makell’s baby dolls are always wrapped up nice sleeping ..all over the house.
Makell also has a sassy side and I would put money down that she has the loudest cry of all the girls out there.
We love our sweet Makell and it’s fun listening to her talk and grow.. her vocabulary has grown so much in the past little while.
Taya can be summed up as cute and busy!
She started taking a few walking steps at Thanksgiving and is walking longer and longer now.
She opens and dumps out anything she can, she tries to eat everything, and she is copying many of the words we say.
Taya is known as “smiley” because she truly is smiling about 90% of the time.. and we love that about her.
Yes she can get mad when she doesn’t get her way, but we love her so much.
My husband stays busy with a busy job, church calling, and he’s such a hard working father and husband.
My husband, Brad, is handy and can figure out how to build or fix about anything.
He has learned to bake bread and that is our family’s Sunday activity… and then we deliver a bunch of bread to people who may enjoy it.
Brad is so good at serving others, his focus is always on how he can help others.
Brad is great to get a workout in, and he also takes time to study his scriptures daily and write in his journal.
As for me.. my cute little family keeps me busy! There is never a dull moment with three young kids.
I always challenge myself throughout the day to tidy something in the house … just because these days we have a lot of toys everywhere and if I can find a few spaces to de-clutter, I feel accomplished and more organized.
I love to cook and enjoy trying new gluten-free recipes.
I also stay busy with a church calling. My goal this month has been to strengthen myself spiritually and it’s been so good for me to focus on my spiritual goals.
I am in a workout class and have enjoyed building and strengthening muscles .. as well as losing weight.
This blog always keeps me thinking —and I enjoy the challenge of this blog. I also just love to write.
I have had fun putting makeup on faces … as some of you know I’m a Seint artist.
I have enjoyed watching “The Crown” while folding laundry or while running on the treadmill.
And honestly I can say , life is busy —yet so wonderful all wrapped in one.
I will note, the winter time can be a bit hard on me mentally. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and being indoors more… but I’m trying to be aware of this factor about myself and push through it.
I talk to my sweet mom pretty much everyday and she is such a sweet and uplifting voice for me.
And I can’t forget how nice it’s been to visit with friends lately, even if it’s Marco Polo.
Our life lately has been wonderful… we look forward to this upcoming year with positivity and happiness.