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Six Ways to Improve Your Child's Study Habits

New Life Ministries When parents take an active interest in their children’s schoolwork, they show more interest in school and do better at it. They also develop confidence, responsibility and independence. Here’s how you can help children with homework:

1. Plan a regular homework time. Remind kids when it’s time to do homework and help them get started. Remain firm regardless of any protests or excuses. By being consistent, you’ll facilitate consistent results. (Proverbs 29:17)

2. Be available to answer questions. You may want to read or work nearby while kids do their homework. Encourage them to try solving problems themselves first before they turn to you for help. (Proverbs 16:20)

3. Cheer them on. Speak specific words of praise often. After an especially challenging lesson or project, give kids a small reward, but avoid using rewards as a bribe.

4. Post a study calendar. Kids can pencil in their homework times, due dates and test dates on it. For large projects, help them break them down into steps and write these steps on the calendar. (Proverbs 12:1)

5. Create a special notebook for logging assignments. Kids can write down what they’re assigned each day, so they won’t forget. This is also a good place for keeping a list of classmates’ phone numbers to call when they need help. 

6. Keep in touch with teachers. Meet regularly with your children’s teachers to stay aware of the subjects they’re learning, special projects and teachers’ expectations. (Deuteronomy 6:1-9)

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