Five Tips For Helping Kids Focus on Schoolwork at Home

Whether you’re homeschooling your children or just trying to ensure that their homework is being done, many parents know the struggle of keeping their children focused on doing schoolwork at home. It’s difficult for children to concentrate when they face multiple distractions, such as video games, television, social media, pets, and other family members.

We’ve come up with the following five tips to help you keep your children focused on schoolwork at home:

Tip #1. Create a designated study area

Parents can create a designated study area that will help their children focus on their schoolwork and succeed academically.

To create a designated study area, select a quiet and well-lit area of your home that is away from distractions such as the television or video games and add a comfortable desk and chair to the space that will allow your child to sit and study for long periods of time without getting tired or uncomfortable.

Provide your child with enough storage space for books, notebooks, and other supplies to help keep their study area well-organized and clutter-free. Lastly, minimize any distractions from the study area by removing things such as phones, tablets, or toys. If your child needs a computer for their schoolwork, make sure it is set up for studying and not for playing games or watching videos

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Tip #2. Establish a daily routine

Establishing a daily routine helps children develop good study habits and stay on task.

Consistency is key when it comes to developing a daily routine so start with setting regular waking up and sleeping times.

From there, create a regular schedule that plans for things like meals, playtime, exercise, schoolwork, cleanup and other activities.

Stick to the schedule by encouraging your children to take responsibility for their own tasks, such as brushing their teeth, getting dressed, picking up their toys, and getting their schoolbooks set up. Limit screen time and ensure they get enough physical activity.

Remember to keep the routine flexible but consistent, and to be patient with yourself and your children as it can take time to establish a new routine.

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Tip #3. Use Positive Reinforcement

Verbal praise is a simple and effective form of positive reinforcement. When your child finishes their work, saying things like "Good job!" or "I'm proud of you!" will boost your child's self-esteem and encourage them to keep doing well in school.

Small rewards, like stickers or pieces of candy for completing daily tasks, can be another great way to positively reinforce your child. Keep the reward small but make sure it is something that the child values enough to keep them motivated.

You can also set up a system of positive consequences to show positive reinforcement. For example, if a child completes all of their schoolwork for the week, they get to choose a family activity for the weekend. This helps children see the value in doing their schoolwork and helps them develop good study habits that will serve them well throughout their academic careers.


Tip #4. Break tasks into smaller chunks

Breaking bigger school projects into smaller chunks can be a great way to help children manage their workload and reduce stress. To do this, start by breaking the project down into smaller tasks or goals. Then, divide those tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces. For example, if the project is to write a research paper, you could break it down into steps such as choosing a topic, researching the topic, outlining the paper, writing a rough draft, and revising the final draft.

You can also use a calendar or planner to help your child stay on track and break the tasks into daily or weekly goals. Celebrate each small milestone reached, and make sure to provide plenty of positive reinforcement and encouragement throughout the process. By breaking the project into smaller pieces, children can feel more in control of the work and ultimately produce better results.

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Tip #5. Incorporate active learning

Make learning more engaging, effective, and enjoyable for your children by incorporating active learning in their schoolwork. Relying on students’ engagement, this teaching technique is highly effective for improving children’s academic performance, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

An effective way to incorporate active learning into your children’s schoolwork is to ask them open-ended questions that encourage them to think critically. Use real-world examples to make the experience more engaging and relevant.

Allow children to collaborate on group projects and encourage them to participate in activities like scavenger hunts with their friends to help them build teamwork skills and promote social interaction.

Incorporating technology into your children’s lessons can also provide an interactive and multimedia-based learning experience as well.

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