Youth Focus

Youth Focus
Every parent wants their child to do well in school and to learn as much as they possibly can. To be good students, children need to develop good study habits at home and at school. You can help develop good study habits at home by approaching homework with a positive attitude and by providing an atmosphere that encourages learning. Here are some ideas that can help.

Set up a regular time for homework to be done each day and stick to it. Expect homework and plan it into the daily routine – just like meals, sleep, and recreation. Plan the time that best suits the child. Some children may work best in the afternoon when they get home from school, while others may need to unwind first.

Choose a place that is quiet and free from distractions such as TV, radio, and other family activities, if possible. However, some youths may need some kind of "noise" to study with. Make sure there is good lighting. Provide a desk or table with a comfortable chair for your child.


Store needed items such as pencils, a pencil sharpener, glue, erasers, markers, scissors, and paper near the study area. It is easier and faster to do an assignment when everything is at hand. A basket or shoebox can be decorated to store these items.

Assignment books are a common practice at most grade levels, or at least some type of assignment sheet is used to communicate what needs to be done for the next day. Be sure to find out from the teacher how and when this information will be provided to you. Check the backpack every day for messages sent home by the teacher.

Help your child with homework when needed, but do not do it for him/her. The child only learns when he/she does the work.

Check over all the homework and have your child correct any mistakes. Turn mistakes into positive learning opportunities.

Encourage your child to always do their best. Praise all papers and projects.

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