Tools and ideas about moving from guided homework to independent homework with school-age kids. Homework demands change. As kids get older, there are new skills to master with homework. Examples like time management on a project, using software and overcoming problems during the process of work.
If our kids dine out on their natural talent only, eventually they will hit some hard walls as work becomes more difficult and be stuck. They need to get used to effort, hard work and learning how to get up when they hit hard obstacles.
Right around the time that many of our kids are making mistakes, learning and growing coincide with when they don’t want parental help. They are uncomfortable with the skill of asking for help. The pressure is there.
Coasting and homework
Lots of kids are coasting without experiencing the stretch of learning through challenge and moving from adequate to good and good to excellent.
Like all family related activities, this is deeply personal to each of our families. Each child is different. But we want the same thing- to know our kids have the skills so we can relax, nag less and they can fly.
The skills mentioned in today’s episode help support us now where we are. Whatever our kid’s ability we want them to succeed, be confident, have tools to support them when they encounter problems. We go deep today. It’s not a blueprint. I’m looking forward to your thoughts as you tackle empowering our kids’ homework muscle from guided homework to independent homework.
Growing Nimble Families podcast encourages the celebration of school age kids traveling through middle childhood
Seven ways to support your child at school move towards independence
- When silence isn’t golden, productive or helpful. Finding the right place for homework isn’t fixed and may not be what you are expecting.
- Sharing the thought process that takes you seconds because you have wisdom and experience. Why it will be a big win to share what to do during this problem-solving exercise.
- Getting down into the different types of homework. It’s all about the model. Give it time. Just because you have four pieces of homework doesn’t mean you start from 1 and then 2. The way to make homework easier.
resource: project working
4. Helping School-Age Kids Correct Their Work Grab our printable
5. How we respond when they don’t complete
6. 6 Questions To Ask Your School-Age Child After Homework Grab our printable
7. After the feedback
resource: Self-reflection resource:
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