It is important that the room your kid practisesin is quiet and calm. Otherwise, their working brain won’t be able to operate as well as it should since it won’t have the quietude that it needs. Have you got a room in the house where your kid can sit in peace and practise? If your child prefers to sit and work alone, then it’s a good idea to check in from time to time, just to show support and make yourself available if they have any questions.
Make sure that the lighting in the room is good. Tired eyes from poor light has a negative impact on concentration and makes it more difficult to persevere. Plus, straining our eyes in bad lighting conditions over longer periods can do them harm in the long run. We don’t want our kids to fall asleep or damage their eyes when they’re studying!
Turn off TVs and anything else that might distract attention. Toys and other games will simply have to wait. The best approach is actually to move whatever distracting objects you can into another room. That way, they won’t become a constant distraction and your kid will be able to focus on their homework instead.
One last thing to consider is having some paper and a pen to hand so your kid can jot down their thoughts and calculations if necessary. Learning works best when we use multiple senses. By writing down our thoughts on paper or thinking out loud, we activate both our muscle memory and our sense of vision.
Best of luck!