Homework for young students is mostly to prepare them for future grades where there will be a lot more of it. It’s a good idea for them to begin to get used to doing work at home. If your child has school work from primary school, you should help encourage them to do it on time. This teaches them many different things:
Now that you know why it’s beneficial to have school work in the first place, how can you help your son or daughter actually do the work? Every child is different, and some may have learning disabilities (even undiagnosed) so patience is key here. As with parenting in general, it depends: on the situation, the teacher, the homework, the child, and on you. Try to keep these tips in perspective with what you know about your student and their assignments.
What are your goals for your child this school year? Think about how you’ve been watching their growth, where you’d like them to be, and what you notice they excel in. Children may start to show affinities or talents for certain things such as art or reading or singing at this age, and that can help them work well if known. If you aren’t sure, you can ask their teacher about it because teachers sometimes see a side of the child they may not always display at home.
It’s not always easy to get a young student to do their school projects, but having a regular schedule might help. If there’s a certain time after school set aside only for school work, then your child will come to expect that and depend upon it. You can use that to avoid arguments about them not wanting to do the work, because they know that that time is only for homework. Also, providing healthy snacks, a quiet environment and giving encouraging praise can really help. Children under ten years old aren’t used to finding self-motivation for projects, and having only the satisfaction of being done the job—they need a little external help.