“Homework time!” Are those dreaded words at your house? I know that when I was growing up that was my least favorite time of the day. If your kids echo this sentiment then we have some ideas for you!
- Have a set homework time. If there is no homework that night then they read during that time. It’s funny how kids can “magically remember” they have homework when they realize that they are going to be reading anyways and not having free time. Have your homework time the same time each night: like right when they get home from school, right after dinner, or the hour before bedtime.
- Be close by in case they need help. When kids have a reason to get up (hunting you down to ask a question for example) they are more likely to get sidetracked and off task.
- Have a set homework space.
- Have tool and materials close by and easily accessible. The types of tools needed vary greatly depending on the age of the student. Materials could include an alphabet chart, number line, blocks or counters, a dictionary/thesaurus, pencils, pens, highlighters, paper, a computer, sticky notes, etc. This is also a great place to keep all their textbooks. Again, this gives them no excuse to get up, possibly wonder around and lose momentum.
- Help them realize that you understand that homework isn’t fun, but it’s expected to get done. Whenever I would tell my did that I didn’t want to do something his reply would consistently be, “You don’t have to want to do it, you just have to do it.”
- Make it a party! I know, I know… the words ‘homework’ and ‘party’ seem like polar opposites, but hear me out. Use the word ‘party’, throw out a couple snacks (I almost typed snakes! That would make things interesting for sure—HA!), make it a group effort instead of an isolated event, have a good attitude, and BAM, homework time just got a little bit better. As silly as it may sound, I have many fond memories of doing homework with my brothers. You know what they say: a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down!
Hopefully some of these ideas can help homework feel a little less painful. Keep in mind that these are just ideas we have—use as few or as many as you feel will help. Anything you guys would like to share that has worked for you? We always love your ideas! Happy homeworking!