Make Homework Fun For Your Child
Most kids hate doing homework, and I can’t blame them. I Remember homework for me used to feel like a chore, a chore I would try to put off as long as possible. I would find myself rushing to do it at the last minute. That, of course, ended up with me making some unnecessary mistakes.
Once I noticed my daughter doing the same thing I started looking for ways to make doing homework seem like less of a “chore” and dare I say something she might actually enjoy doing. So, with a little bit of planning and creativity, I came up with a few different ways can help enhance her education and even make homework… fun.
Now before we jump in I have to point out that every child is different. What works for one might not work for the other so if you find your kid still struggling to at the very least not hate homework keep researching, keep trying you’ll figure out what’s best for your child.
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Working on homework with friends can make it seem less like work. Just like a regular job when you work with a friend that day time usually seems to fly by. There is something about having a friend to commiserate with, and to laugh with, that makes boring or difficult work bearable.
When you feel that your child is responsible enough to get work done with a few friends, encourage occasional study dates. Serve snacks and drinks, and encourage them to take a break midway through their homework session.
If you have a younger child who would be too distracted by having friends around they can have fun with you. You could “play school”. Have them layout problems for you guys to solve together if help is needed. They could make up quizzes for you based on the material they are supposed to be studying. Reading and writing the questions and answers for you sears the information into their minds.
Spelling and math facts can be practiced while you’re making dinner. Learning in the kitchen can be really fun. The kitchen is a great place to help your child learn math, especially fractions. Use colored water and measuring cups, or better yet, actually convert recipes and make real meals.
Change Of Scenery
Setting aside a special place for homework and studying can enhance your child’s success. If a desk in their own room is not practical, maybe try studying on your bed or in their walk-in closet.
If you have work to catch up on or something like a grocery list to prepare, taking your child to a coffee shop to do homework can be fun. Both of you can accomplish work without all of the distractions of home, and your child will be free to ask you for help without feeling like they are interrupting you.
You could also go to the park to practice memorizing facts while walking, or quiz your child as you throw the ball to the dog if you have one. Not only is your child learning this way but you’ll both be getting exercise. Just another way for you to multitask as a busy mama!
Being allowed to use a laptop (within view, of course) can be a luxury for a kid who would rather get comfortable on a couch than sit up straight at a computer desk.
Try a whiteboard with dry-erase markers. Maybe a set of sharpies or glitter pens. Set aside only for making flashcards for studying.
Use your oven timer so your child can race against their personal best for certain repetitive things. For example, if they have to do 20 math equations each night, set a timer and encourage them to beat the clock.
Offer rewards for reading: for every ten minutes of reading, give a star, with certain numbers of stars redeemable for certain privileges like extra TV or a chance to play a favorite video game on school nights. Whatever works best for your family!
Pull out your phone and audio record the study guides then playback the answers in headphones. Find online crossword puzzle creators and make puzzles using the facts. Learning more about a subject through educational youtube videos can be fun as well.
When we turn homework into more of a social activity and less of an isolated chore, your kid will most likely perform better and probably finish faster.
Hopefully, you find these tips helpful and they make a positive difference in the way your child looks at doing homework.