Being able to focus on homework is a must for any big kid. By this age, your child would need to understand the value of independent learning. Getting him to do this should not be an impossible task. Here are a few ways that could help.
Condition your child. Always allow your child some rest and sustenance after school before doing homework. When he has had enough rest and has eaten well, condition him by giving ample reminders that he can start on his homework in a matter of minutes. This way, your child can anticipate what he thinks he needs to do.
Assign a study area. Designating an area that is specifically meant for studying will instill in your child the priority you give to learning. This effort may also inhibit future habits of bringing unnecessary things such as toys and gadgets with him when he does his homework.
Eliminate distractions. Never let your child study with the TV turned on. Always try to make sure that he is working in a quiet and calm atmosphere. There may be people who contend that they work best when there is some noise and are still able to concentrate. If you want to train your child, however, to always do his best, especially with homework, then teach him to minimize distractions while studying and doing his homework. Our brains work best during peaceful periods. If your child has an inclination towards music, choose classical music more than anything else.
Handle your child’s excess energy. There may be times when your child may seem to have too much energy that he may have trouble concentrating. There can be several ways to address this situation. One way to do it is to remove excess energy through physical activity. Be careful though not to overexcite your child as this may cause more harm than good to his concentration. A simple walk around the room, stretching, or even a short made-up game during a break can be enough to release some of his energy. Another way to handle excess energy is to transfer it to an object. Give your child a stress ball when you think he cannot control his fidgeting. This way, he has only one thing to concentrate on before moving to task of doing his homework.
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