Angela Norton Tyler, author of Tutor Your Child to Reading Success, explains that, "When it comes to noise tolerance, every person and family is different. I have visited homes where I could barely stand the noise, yet the family seemed happily oblivious."
You might be thinking, "I like a noisy house! I thrive on commotion! It energizes me!" But, you must reduce noise when children do their homework. Children may be used to a home's noisy environment in general, but doing homework requires concentration.
Distractions must be kept to a minimum so that children have no choice but to focus on their studies. That means nannies and au pairs should not watch television while kids are doing their homework.
Let her have enough noise to feel comfortable, but not enough noise to take the focus away from her homework. Most children can work quite well with low noise and no action. This usually means you can keep their bedroom door open to hear -- but not see -- what is going on in the rest of the house. Please turn off all radios, cell phones, and televisions on while children are doing homework.
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Do your charges have a quiet space to do their homework?