Does your child give excuses to avoid sitting at the table to do homework?
Are you and your child experiencing hours of tears and frustration?
Are assignments taking much longer than the teacher said it should take?
These are battles of the Homework Wars.
Parents who have young children in school will eventually be faced with these wars, where the child may literally revolt and either fail to give homework the needed effort or will just bail out of doing homework altogether.
Here are Some Tips to Help Parents Involved in this Daily Homework Wars Struggle
1. Many schools have put programs in place where parents can see their child’s assigned homework for each night of the week via an online connection. This actually serves two purposes, one to inform the parents of what is being expected of their child, and two, it gives the parent enough information about where they can help their child.
2. Different children have different study habits and styles, and it sometime takes both students and parents a while to catch on to what works best. Some kids need peace and quiet in order to get the homework done, and others can set up camp at the kitchen table in the middle of family activity and noise.
3. If your student has no clue to the answers to his homework, the parent should not be afraid to step in and help. That could save your child from a semester of foggy classwork where they learn very little and end up with reduced self-confidence.
4. A parent should not do the student’s homework for them, but attempt to get them to a place where they understand the principle of the lesson, and then have them figure things out for themselves. This works well with subjects for math and chemistry, but for history and art, the path is more subjective, and may involve a good bit of memorization.
5. Parents can help their children just by being there and caring. Children are not necessarily born with the skills of organization, but if there is a lot of homework, that skill is required.
6. Parents can give children small tasks to complete and then give them a break for a piece of pie and some iced tea or a soft drink. If the homework can be broken up in a planned and organized way, it makes the journey a more pleasant one, and progress can be marked along the way. The path to a successful homework evening is sometimes just a little push with some emotional help along the way.
A Solution to the Homework Wars
What if none of the above suggestions aren’t enough?
According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), approximately 1 in 4 children have a visual issue that interferes with learning.
What if the words are jumping off the page making it very difficult to follow a line of text?
What if the child is seeing double or the words are moving around making comprehension impossible?
Many children give up trying and conclude that there is something wrong with them and that they aren’t smart enough.
Is it any wonder why children who have these vision challenges have trouble paying attention, sitting still and finishing homework?
At 4D Vision, we have treated a great deal of children with these vision problems.
Appropriate treatment may include lenses or Vision Therapy (VT), which has been shown to improve performance in school.
Their eyesight may be excellent, but there may be a problem with their vision, because vision is more than 20/20.
Our Behavioral Optometrist, Dr. Collier, can give your child a functional vision evaluation to see if the roots of the visual issue can be treated with VT.