Even in elementary school, it’s important to establish homework habits. Learning good study skills strategies will make it easier for your now elementary school student to have good study habits for high school. We were provided a new desk lamp for our study area in exchange for this post.
10 Tips for good homework habits
Make homework time a habit.
Making sure to establish good homework habits in elementary school will make it easier for your child later on. If they don’t have homework, make sure they are reading for at least 20 minutes each day. Start now, and you will help them develop good study habits for high school.
Use calendars, wipe-off boards and homework books to keep track of assignments. Writing things down will help them stay on track.
Help them with their homework.
I’m not saying do it for them, but set aside some time each day to read with them or talk about what they learned in school that day. A good idea is to talk about their homework assignments with them, and then leave them alone to work. You can check in on them periodically to see if they need help and make sure to watch for signs of frustration.
Have a study area.
Have a special place away from the television and other distractions for your child to study. Whether it’s the dining room table or a desk in their room, help your child by providing a quiet, well-lit space for homework. If it’s in their room, you can personalize it to their liking with fun lamps, inspiration boards and pictures.
We have this adorable LampyPets on Quincy’s desk for study time and crafting time. This cute kitty lamp even has a cup holder for Quincy’s favorite pens and pencils. Quincy of course LOVES that it’s a kitty (and a pink kitty at that!) I love that it’s not only a desk lamp but it can be nightlight too. Isn’t Katie (that’s her name) adorable?
3 dimmer settings in addition to the built-in nightlight, perfect for the nightstand!
Fun animal designs like Pokey the Giraffe, Katie the Cat, Elliot the Elephant & more!
Adjustable neck (or trunk!) for light mobility for bedtime stories
Touch-sensor eyes to control brightness & warmth of LED light bulb
Dog & Cat LampyPets include a built-in pen holder, perfect for a desktop!
Each LampyPet has an expected life span of 20,000 hours!
All LampyPets retail for $59.99.
Ask the teacher for help!
Most teachers can be contacted through email or a phone call. If your child is facing challenges and you’re not sure how to help, ask the teacher.
Break things up!
It can be helpful for your child to break things up in chunks. If they have to learn 20 spelling words, practice five a night. Make flash cards with math facts so they can practice them at home and on the go!
Be mindful of how much time they spend on an assignment.
A first grader typically won’t last more than 15 or 20 minutes on a task. Allow your child to take breaks as needed. If you feel they are overwhelmed with homework, talk to their teacher.
Show them how what they are studying relates to the world.
If your child is learning fractions, show them how it relates to baking their favorite cookies!
Celebrate your child’s interests!
If your child is interested in space, take them to the science museum. If they love animals, take them to the zoo or to volunteer at a local shelter.
Get a good nights sleep!
No amount of studying or good homework habits will help your child in school if they aren’t well rested. Make sure they get a good nights sleep before school so they can be well rested and ready to learn!