About a week ago I wrote an article for parents doing homework with their young children. One of the points mentioned was for the family to have a consistent “Study Time”, no matter what! This is major! Promoting such a tradition and practice nurtures and strengthens the family MANTRA that learning is to be valued at all times, by all family members, every day of the year. It can take away the negative stigma of school requirements, because, hey, this is just what our family does. Every day we take time to read, learn new ideas, do and learn new skills, together as a family……..AND we LIKE it! Or we soon will!!
Whether there is homework that must be completed with your child, or not, here are 10 helpful tips to grow a strong and positive FAMILY Study Time Environment:
7. Allow independent study on projects of interest, as appropriate.
8. Get ideas from all of your children on what types of FUN study projects they would like to pursue together or independently (in the common area) when homework is not an issue.
9. Answer this question, parents! What do YOU want to learn more about? There is knowledge you could pursue in short snippets of time (10-15 minutes) when you’re not needed by the young ones. Look up some recipes you’ve been meaning to pursue, or read an article in the newspaper (current events!) or review foreign language flashcards. Really there is no limit to ideas, just be sure it is interesting and engaging to you!
10.Be Consistent and have FUN! A positive attitude AND daily commitment to the Study Plan will “speak” volumes!! SHOWING and DOING, count much more in the eyes and psyche of your children than yelling and lecturing them about what they SHOULD be doing and getting angry that they’re not doing it. Consistency to the plan will rocket your credibility in the education department to the moon.
Don't get discouraged! The joy will come!