If you have a child who is struggling with their grade 3 math homework, there are some things to know about how to properly handle each task:
- Set a timer each time they are working. Children will become easily overwhelmed but at this stage in their cognitive development, having a timer will give them a strict deadline to meet instead of making homework seem like a tedious and never-ending endeavor upon which they must embark. Having a timer allows them the freedom to sit and work knowing that they can stop as soon as it goes off.
- Let them move around. Not all learning needs to be done while sitting down still. Young children, especially young boys, really need the opportunity to exercise, to run around, and to play. If there is any way to integrate these concepts into the work they are doing, then it will reap many benefits. Teaching geometric features can be done while playing sports. Teaching fractions can be done while baking. All of these activities that are done at home are perfect opportunities to really expound upon the lessons taught in homework and reinforce the concepts in a less abstract way. Students are more likely to respond if they can see real world applications for the work they are being asked to do.
- Let the child take breaks. Having smaller milestones throughout the homework task which earn a short break is a good way to encourage this development. It gives the child a reachable target and then a well deserved break. These breaks encourage imagination and creativity so they are well worth it.
- Help them stay organized with color coordinated folders and pens for each class. These seemingly small items can really help children to avoid being overwhelmed or lost with regard to their work.
- Always be close by. Never leave them alone to do their work, but rather, be nearby to answer questions or engage with them with the work they are doing. Knowing you are there offers a modicum of comfort to students who might be tentative about their work.
- Remove all distractions. Avoid taking phone calls during homework time and avoid allowing other kids to run around interrupting. Keep all cell phones and televisions off so that there are no outside sounds taking away from your child’s focus.