A first-grader is happy to rush to school – to gain new knowledge and make new friends. How to prevent the transformation of joy into fatigue and fear of school? It will help you do your homework together.
Of course, at this time, first-graders are not given homework, however, there are teachers who are still of the opinion that they are necessary. In this case, assignments are given with the consent of the parents, otherwise, the teacher will face a “terrible punishment.” If your first grader does not do homework, then return to this article when he moves to the second grade.
How to do homework with a child in first grade
Most parents fight for the independence of the child. However, for the first few months, their invaluable help is required. This is not only a check of the collected backpack and the student’s completed duties, but also the presence during the lessons. A first-grader must learn to do homework in the first or second grade together with a parent – not to be distracted, to sit straight, to hold the pen correctly. In addition, it is easier to notice learning difficulties and take action in time. Inattention, reading problems, poor memory – not a complete list of problems that can be identified before the teacher informs about it. Also teach your child to take breaks every 20 minutes or every 10 minutes for hyperactive kids. A break of 10-15 minutes will prevent chronic fatigue.
You will also need help with checking the homework assignment – keeping a diary, another important part of the school order. A first grader can listen to the assignment or forget to write it down, then the task is to explain what the failure to complete the lessons leads to and why they are needed at all. If a student does not regularly write down homework, ask the teacher to follow up on this, and remind the student of responsibility.
Do I need to do lessons with a first grader
It all depends on how you will do them. Just sitting, observing and prompting in difficult tasks is one thing, and it is quite another to do homework for a first grader. Even being close to your student, you can teach him to be independent. If you do the lessons instead of the child, albeit with explanations, you make it impossible to repeat the material covered and, of course, to reason without the help of an adult.
How long to stay nearby? The first half of the year will be enough. Next, gradually teach the first grader to do homework without the participation of an adult. First, leave alone with textbooks for 5 minutes, then 8 minutes, and so on. During such absences, do household chores so that the student understands that there is a reason for this. Approach the student if he has questions. Praise for the lessons you have done yourself. A first grader should feel proud of their efforts.
When parents are overworked
Working adults are the real problem of our time. Adults spend a lot of time at work so that children do not need anything. How to control a student and help to learn in such a situation? School after-school is not the best solution – the child should not be in the school walls for more than 6 hours! It will cause fatigueand misbehavior at home (not in a private school with facilities for young students). Ask for help from close relatives – grandparents, while remembering that no one can replace your parents. If there is no extension at school, and relatives cannot pick up the child from school, then he will have to go home unaccompanied by adults. There is also an option for this case – arrange with someone you know from the class so that on the way, they will accompany the baby to the door of the house (entrance). So, the first grader does his homework alone, and you are at work.
Want to help from a distance? Contact the first grader by phone, let him know what you think of him. Agree that if there are difficulties with the task, he will call you. Schedule a due date in advance and call to be reminded of lessons. Call in 10 minutes and make sure the student has started the task. Call in half an hour and ask what he did during this time. Remember, your interest is the guarantee of completed lessons.