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    THE PROBLEM WITH HOMEWORK


HOMEWORK - A DREADED TASK

A very common attitude that children have towards homework is that homework is something bad and terrible. Most kids hate and detest homework. They think that they have been cursed when given homework and they therefore try to avoid it or put it off till as late as they can afford to do so.

When your child comes home from school and a discussion on homework begins, it usually ends up in a fight. Homework and bad grades are the 2 most common reasons for a fight amongst parents and children at this age. What your child really needs is for you to motivate and encourage him. You must support his thoughts and opinions, but yet be firm about getting the homework done. If the homework given, is well attended to and a nice schedule to do it is maintained, it leads to a happy, normal and healthy relationship between the child and the parent.

RESPONSIBILITY

As a parent, it is your responsibility to see to it that your child does his homework. In order to ensure this, there are a few things, which can be done.

Discipline your child and introduce a fixed time in the day which is reserved just for homework
Make sure that the time selected is convenient both for you as well as your child
If various tasks and assignments have to be done, you can help your child space out the assignments by allotting a fixed amount of time for each assignment.
After the homework is completed, let your child relax by either going down to play or going for a walk, or you could even simply let him watch some television.

ACTUAL TIME OF HOMEWORK

At this point of time, care must be taken that your child is in the right frame of mind. He must be in a relaxed environment and there should be no loud sounds disturbing him. If your child is impatient and refuses to sit quiet, you could sit with him in the room and do some of your quiet work be it reading a book or checking bills. This will help teach your child the importance of doing his work attentively and quietly.

YOUR ROLE AS A PARENT

As a parent, you must encourage your child to do his homework and always motivate and support him. You must remind him that homework is necessary and important and that the time allotted for homework is a fixed time and must be used only for homework Show interest by asking him what he has for homework and what was taught at school that day Once in a while, check up on his work by asking him to recite a poem learnt at school, or check his spellings and vocabulary. It is important to ensure that as a parent, you do not over involve yourself in your child's work or else this will make your child feel incapable and less competent. Every once in a while you must give small encouraging words and praise your child for doing his homework well and on time.

ESSENTIALS OF HOMEWORK

Homework lays down the very base and foundation of a child for future studies. It helps to increase the child's concentration span and teaches them the importance of studying independently. For the future, it also increases the mind's alertness and creativity when it comes to doing work, be it homework or research from journals, encyclopedias or from the World Wide Web.


CASE STUDY

Past History

Prem, a student of the 2nd standard was brought by his parents to the child guidance clinic. They reported saying that Prem did well in oral work, was intelligent, but worksheets in class were left incomplete. The homework was not supervised at home by the parents as they were working. He hated writing work and this made him lazier in class.

When spoken to, Prem expresses himself clearly but simply. He is admired for his prowess at computer and video games. This is assured by his superior eye hand co-ordination. His parents took notice of his creative side and have enrolled him in a drawing class and they make sure that he has plenty of models and craft supplies to keep him busy at home and he also remains interested in books, magazines, board games and card playing. Prem has slowed down tremendously in writing skills. When questioned he states that the pencil slips from his hands due to excessive sweating.

Past history reveals that he is a sensitive child, particularly attuned to the misbehaviour of others and has taken to biting his nails during tense moments. He becomes impatient with long listening tasks and has trouble absorbing complicated instructions.

He is found to be a perfectionist and should be less critical of himself and more assertive about his ideas. He hates writing for fear of being ridiculed by his teacher and being compared to the other students, who do well.

Treatment
Prem will need help with his social and auditory skills to help him in reading and hearing sounds, that would contribute to his writing skills. Counselling done in various sessions, using persuasion technique, remedial work in writing skills and persistence in daily work were encouraged. Parents were asked to supervise his daily work and reward him with praise and encouragement.

 

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