Ahh, spring. The days are longer, the weather is warmer and the temptation for young minds to stray from school and homework is greater. Here are some tips to help keep your kids motivated and engaged in their studies
One way to help kids stay on task is by helping them to set realistic goals. Communicate regularly about upcoming assignments and exams. Parents can help kids plan what they need to do to prepare and how much time they’ll need to finish their work. Breaking bigger assignments into smaller goals will help everyone avoid feeling overwhelmed. Schedule extra time for breaks or more preparation time.
Another way to help your kids keep focused is by creating a study zone. This should be an area of your home that’s quiet and void of distractions as well as the necessary supplies needed to complete homework assignments. Cell phones should be turned off or put away. Scheduling a time for homework establishes a routine and gets kids in the right frame of mind for getting their work done.
For kids, the last few weeks of school feels like time is crawling by, but we parents have a different perspective and know time flies. A wall calendar is a great way to keep track of important dates and deadlines. A calendar gives kids a visual of how much or how little time they have to accomplish their goals and what responsibilities they have toward meeting them.
All work and no play makes all of us dull. Breaks are important and allow us to release stress when we participate in activities we enjoy. Decompressing by exercising, watching a movie or playing with friends allows us to come back refreshed and ready to work.
Another great source of motivation is reminding your kids all they’ve achieved. By showing them a list of their accomplishments your family can reflect on how far they’ve come. Your kids will be able to see where they started at the beginning of the school year, how they may have struggled in math and how much they’ve learned since September.
Using these strategies, your kids will finish the school year, knowing they did their best which will make summer break that much sweeter.