Homework may be a daily necessity of school life, but who said it couldn’t be fun? By making a little extra effort to ensure homework is exciting and rewarding, you not only encourage your child to complete it but set up solid study skills for life.
And it’s easier than you think, so here are five tips to make homework just a little more fun…
Everyone loves a little reward for their effort, and sometimes just completing a task may not be enough. So throw in an extra incentive to motivate your child to get in and get the job down.
We’re not talking bribery here, but rather showing them that being organised and getting the hard tasks out of the way is an achievement that allows you to move on to more exciting things.
So what type of reward? Homework rewards can include simple things like a visit to the park, quick game of handball or one-on-one time with a parent once the homework is out of the way. It can also extend to star charts that accumulate points resulting in an outing, activity or other reward.
No-one said you had to simply sit at the same old desk every afternoon to complete homework, so why not make it a game that includes a little action? Take sight words or spelling as an example. There are a host of games that can be played while your children commit these to memory.
For instance: Take your child into the yard or the park with a scooter, show them the sight word, call out a spelling word or simple maths equation. When they get it right they take a ride in a circuit on their scooter.
Or play a hopping game, when they get it right they jump forward a step. If they get it wrong they stay where they are or go backwards.
Technology can be a great tool to assist with learning, and there are a host of available apps designed specifically for homework tasks. Your school probably has some suggestions but there are a variety of others available via a simple search.
Some of the best learning occurs when you translate the arbitrary into everyday tasks, and maths is a great example.
If your child has homework tasks based on fractions, measurement or addition, there are a host of ways to apply it to help them understand how it works, like filling buckets to a half or quarter, cutting fruit or cooking, to name a few.
While routine is valuable in building study skills, the same old space with the same old schedule can get boring for everyone, so why not change up the actual location of study or homework? You can do it in the great outdoors, the library, or at the park, incorporating a fun activity into the task of study.