Homework is a part of life with school-age children. As a babysitter, there will be times where you will need to provide study support for the children you’re caring for. Here are a few tips you should keep in mind to help with this.
Does the Child Have Homework Struggles?
The best way to provide good study support is to know where the child is having issues. With that information you can find ways to help guide them and give them the assistance they need.
Work on Their Level
It is important to work on the same level as the child because if you talk below their level you will bore them. At the same time, talking above their level will do them no good either. Ask them frequently if they understand what you are saying to keep them on track with you.
Use Real World Comparisons
For many children, it is easier to grasp a concept if they can see a real life scenario. For instance, if you are teaching a child about subtraction, grabbing some Goldfish crackers and having them eat the subtracted ones can be helpful.
Incentives are a great tool in study support no matter what the age of a child. It could be something as simple as getting to play video games with you when they have finished their homework or going outside to play their favorite game. Using incentives can help keep the child on track for studying as well as for behavior.
Most kids can agree that homework is no fun, especially if it’s challenging. But by taking these suggestions to heart, which will enable you to provide better study support, the work can go by quicker and easier and you’ll be able to get to the fun stuff, like playing!
What study support tactics do you use with the kids you babysit? Share them in the comments section.