Make homework time a success.
Does this scenario sound familiar? We spend hours on homework every night with my daughter. This is so frustrating for the entire family and really makes our evenings miserable. She just doesn't seem to be able to get anything done without me or my husband standing over her and constantly redirecting her.
-Norah, Mother wanting to reclaim her nights
Homework time is a huge challenge for a lot of families. One of the biggest frustrations is that the child is bright and CAN do the work, it's just the process that is difficult. They cannot seem to start the homework in a timely manner and stay on task until completion. This often results in 15 minutes of homework taking 2 hours and a fight!child and the school set, ready for school
You can definitely take some steps to help with this process and reclaim your nights!
- Set up a special Homework Center:
Do you send your child to their room to do homework? Is the room so full of distractions that it is impossible for the child to stay on task? Is your child constantly wasting time before homework because he/she cannot find the materials needed?
Your solution: Create a special homework center with your child and eliminate the distractions and wasted time. The more you get your child involved in this process the more special the area becomes to your child!
Find an area that is conducive to doing homework. It should not be in the center of the home where there are lots of visual and auditory distractions. To get your child involved in the decision making process pick out 3 areas and let the child choose which area he/she would like the best.
Make a list. Sit down with your child and make a list of all of the items needed in the homework center. Items may include pens, pencils, lined paper, an in-box for homework assignments, an out-box for completed assignments, calculator, bookshelf, scissors, trashcan etc. If you plan wisely there should be no more, but mom I can't find.
Make certain you have a clean work space with a comfortable chair. You may choose to include a bean bag so he/she can be nice and comfy when reading. You may want to include a chair for yourself so you will have a spot when reviewing the homework.
Have a timer. Timers are a great way to teach time management. Include a timer in the homework area so you can set up time limits for different assignments.
Post a bulletin board so you can post good grades, personal goals, or a reward board.
Play Attention offers an excellent Academic Bridge game that can be used during homework. Academic Bridge will allow you and your child to monitor his/her attention during homework time. Sheer Genius (the program character adapted from Albert Einstein, (whom also had ADHD)), will give the child constant feedback as to when he/she is paying attention and when he/she is not. You will no longer have to redirect your child. This game will actually teach your child how to start and complete homework with full attention and in a timely manner.
Taking the time now to create a special homework center with your child can save you a lot of time and energy in the end. And it may just make homework time a little more enjoyable!