It is not uncommon for many children to struggle with their school requirements. Homework in particular, is among the toughest requirements to keep up with. Children will face difficult times especially when there are too many distractions that take away their minds from these important assignments. How can parents effectively support their children in this aspect? The answer lies on a little paper called a school contract.
Children are bound to have a lot of challenges in the goal to complete school work in many ways than any parent can imagine. A school contract between the parent and their children can help in making sure that children can keep up with all the school requirements with the support of their parents.
Here are a few tips on the steps to take when drafting or making a school contract between parents and their children:
1. Make the contract before the school term begins.
Parents and children must schedule to make an agreement or school contract before the school term actually starts. In some cases, children and their parents can also make the school contract on the first week of the school term. In this way, the children can start to think of their school requirements as part of the goal to complete at the end of the school term. This can also help the parents to make sure that the child or children understand their responsibilities as students at the very beginning.
2. Children must know their responsibilities as students.
Agree on what the children must do to complete the school work, assignments or homework. This can be done through identifying key tasks of children as students. Homework, school projects, and lesson reviews should count as among the key responsibilities or tasks of the student. There should be a clear agreement on how these tasks can be completed or done each day or on the appropriate time.
3. Parents must know their responsibilities to support their children in their studies.
Come to terms with what the parents must do to support their children in accomplishing their school requirements. This should not only be limited to providing financial and material needs of the children. Parents and children should also identify how parents can participate in children’s school activities or be updated on school events. Some schools encourage parents to participate in a consultative session with teachers to discuss learning issues or needs of their children. This should be part of the agreement or contract.
4. Parents must know the limits of their support to their children’s studies.
In most cases, parents and children must agree on how children can learn best without relying too much on their parents. Parents must ensure that their children will learn their school lessons by allowing the children to do their own homework and projects. Parents can help their children start or initiate the homework or projects but must make sure that the children will complete and do the tasks. This will help their children learn better through actual application. Limitations of parents support is a very important part of the school contract because these will establish what extent of effort that the children must do to make sure they learn well in school and complete their requirements.
5. Make the contract visible.
Parents and children must agree to make the contract visible and within reach when needed. This will help both the parents and children to become reminded of what were stipulated in the contract. A contract posted on a wall can be a very effective method to remind the children and parents of their responsibilities and tasks.
The school contract will also need to include an agreement about children’s use of digital devices. Students can easily get distracted by the stylishness and cool image of a digital savvy generation. Games and apps that are readily accessible these days can take away even one precious minute off the student’s time for studying or making homework. A parent-child contract on the use of digital gadgets can help children in making sure that time is spent more for learning than for entertainment or play. The contract must include some of the essential reasons or rationale why the use of digital gadgets will be limited for students. The most important thing about having a contract between parents and children on using digital gadgets is that it also keeps children away from the internet that exposes them to many other distractions and influential sites that can create risks towards their well-being as children.
The parent-child contract on the use of digital gadgets also provides an opportunity for children to be educated about internet safety. Many of the parents wonder why children these days are more prone and at risks from a lot of web crimes but they do not realize that they play a very crucial role in educating children not to expose themselves on the internet. Social networking sites have become available to many teenagers where they can easily mingle with friends and strangers so it is not a big mystery how criminals can easily access personal or family information. Parents can make time to explain why there is a need for children to be cautious about giving out personal information over the internet through the contract. Some parents might find difficulties in keeping up with the trends in the digital networks of their children simply because they do not engage themselves in these high tech gadgets.
The good thing is that they can try to learn together with their children and be able to point out together which gadgets are useful for learning and which ones will cause more distractions. However, parents who do try to keep up with the new technologies have the advantage in making sure that their children understand their limitations in using different gadgets and help them minimize the distractions of learning.
Here is a sample contract you can use to create your own unique agreement.