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Busy parents are really fortunate for the service provided by after school programs. One of the services that parents can be certain to have is ensuring that their children’s homework is done. After a grueling day at work, and having to prepare for the next day, it is difficult for parents to find enough time to spend with their children, let alone to get homework done. However, a good aftercare program will provide the support you need to help you and your child progress. Here’s how.
Homework Time is Structured
Some after school care will let the children have a snack and play for a short time before they start their homework. Others let them get on with their lessons soon after school while it is still fresh in their minds. Children work from a period of 30 minutes to two hours depending on the age and stage of the child and their attention span. If homework is complete before the schedule time, then the child is directed to some other activity that is more relaxing such as a game where they can develop math or other skills.
There is a Dedicated Homework Space
Children will want a setting where they can work, whether on their own or with a homework assistant. Therefore, care centers will provide a dedicated room away from the hub and buzz of the general after school activities. This will be an area where children can sit quietly and concentrate on the work at hand. The homework space should have computers in the event children need to find information for their work.
There are Dedicated Staff to Guide Homework Activities
Some children need that extra support to do their homework because:
After School Care Involves Parents
Despite the help of after school programs in your child’s homework, parents are not left out of the activities. Parents need to be involved for the following reasons:
Help in Follow through with Homework Agreements
Children who are not great at completing their homework will fall through the cracks if follow-up is not done. This is even truer for those of busy parents who cannot avail themselves to help their kids focus to get the work done. Schools will place those kids into contracts to have homework completed. If after school programs are enlisted to assist in such circumstances, there will be greater opportunities for contracts to be enforced.
Assistance with Special Needs
Some children have special challenges that hinder them from carrying out their assignments effectively. A child may find it difficult comprehending what is written, or writing his homework. Homework programs do provide resources such as voice to text software that can assist children in getting their work written.
One of the benefits of after school programs is the additional care they give in getting children to complete their homework. Very busy parents are able to take advantage of this but at the same time ensure that they are involved.
If you have questions, comments or other inquiries about these types of programs, or, have interest in child care programs in general, feel free to reach out and contact TSL Adventures in Albany.
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