5 Tools That Can Help You Deal With First Grade Math Homework

If you have a first grader who is struggling with homework, there are 5 tools that you can integrate at home which will help them to get the job done faster and easier. Homework does not have to be stressful and with these five tricks, it won’t be:

  1. Create a homework space. You want to help your child turn their brains on to homework mode by creating a space where they regularly do assignments. This space should be a desk or table with a comfortable chair and enough space for all of the papers and tools that they need. They should use this space for homework each day. It is important that children work a little bit each day. If your child has ten spelling words to learn before Friday morning, break them up so that they learn three or two per day. This will make their assignments go by faster and will help them to feel a better sense of accomplishment.
  2. Get rid of any distractions. You want to make sure that their work space is free from anything that might distract their small minds. Children already have short attention spans and nothing will make that worse than having the television on in the background or taking a long phone call with your sister while your child is sitting there trying to work. If anyone calls, tell them you will call back. If anyone is watching television, ask that they turn it off.
  3. Make sure you are there. You should not hold the pen or pencil, per say, but you should be right beside them so that they can turn to you with any questions.
  4. At the start of each homework session, go over the instructions with them. Review the assignment details with them and make sure that they fully understand what they are supposed to do. If you are unsure of what they are supposed to do, call other parents or speak with the teacher so that you can give your child the best homework help possible.
  5. Make sure they are allowed to move and that they have a healthy snack and water nearby. Nothing interferes with focus like hungry, thirst, or feeling antsy. Make sure that they are hydrated and if they need to walk around, give them a short break, but set a timer.