Dealing With Kindergarten Homework: Effective Approaches

Children are still not used to doing homework when they are in kindergarten. That happens especially if they aren’t used to having a structure at home. Due to that, they might be exhausted at the end of the day and not willing to sit down and work more.

Parents also need to adjust and find the best approach to help their kids deal with homework. You might want to adjust your expectations as well and not be devastated if your child refuses to do homework. However, with a few tips you can turn work time into fun time with your kid.

Make it Fun

  • Create a good working environment for the child. Prepare a table, chair and school supplies. Let your child organize them and turn it into its own corner.

  • Promote the pros. Let the child see there are positive effects from finishing schoolwork. Incorporate games, songs and toys in the process and your child will feel motivated to get things done. Use cards with simple words, colors, and letters and ask the child what seems interesting.

  • Turn off computers and TV. When it’s time to work, there should be no distractions. Explain that after he/she is done with work there will be a reward like, playing computer games, watching TV etc.

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to start. Teach your child the importance of doing tasks on time and before playing. Doing homework doesn’t take more than 15 minutes a day in kindergarten, but it still needs to be done. Teach them how to manage and organize their time so they can do anything else they like during the day.

  • Work with your child. Be available for any help. Children can become frustrated if they cannot get something, so you have to be there for them and help them. Give them your full attention and encourage them to perform better.

  • Take breaks. If you see that your child is getting tired or loses focus, take a short break and then continue.

  • Praise them. Tell them you are proud of them for doing such a good job. Make your children feel smart and appreciated. You will see an immediate improvement and desire to work more.

  • You can take a break, too. If you feel frustrated it is better to go to another room and do something else for 10 minutes and then go back to helping your child.