Helping your preschooler focus on his homework may become an arduous task since writing and other paper and pencil tasks are quite unpopular among children at this age. Keeping in mind a few small tricks may alleviate some of its difficulties and help you guide your child to concentrate and finish the task at hand. Here are some of them:
Consider your child’s mental and physical condition.
Before starting on homework, make sure that your preschooler is well-rested and nourished. Half an hour or so after coming home from school may be enough rest time. Never start homework if the child is still cranky or irritable. This may sound difficult especially if it is already quite late at night and he still has not started on homework. It may be more difficult and considerably futile to force him to learn in a state where he is not ready to comprehend anything else other than his body’s primal needs.
Capitalize on your preschooler’s interests.
If your child likes to draw or make crafts, entice him to do that before or after doing homework, whichever works for your child. Anything new may also motivate your child to be interested with his homework. Sometimes, a simple but interesting new pencil or crayon may get him to start writing. The important thing is that you allow him to get interested and relaxed in order for him to be open to new concepts.
Keep homework less than an hour as much as possible.
Most of the learning at this age should be done through experience. This is why it is a little difficult for your child to sit down for a long time. Once you have started on homework, try to engage him until he finishes the task. Whenever your child is about to finish a line or so in his homework, you may condition him to do the next line as soon as possible. You may even turn it into a game by saying, “let me see if you can do the same with the next one” or “how much faster can you do the next?” Consider, though, if your child responds to challenges like these. If not, simply encourage him to work on the next line. These simple suggestions may lessen your child’s drifting thoughts and enable him to finish early.
Use positive reinforcement. Praise liberally but genuinely.
Help your child become motivated to concentrate on his homework by praising him or giving him encouraging words while doing the tasks or after finishing tasks. This way, your child may be able to imbibe the importance of accomplishing goals. Remember to make your praise genuine and specific so that he knows what kind of behaviour to repeat. Your preschooler will know if you’re just pretending.