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Keeping Kids Engaged in Homework

For some families, homework is non negotiable. That means that the school dictates it, which means that the parents maintain it at home. There are other families out there that prefer not to continue homework after school hours believing that if the teachers and the children do not get the work done in school hours then that’s not their problem. We can see both sides of this. Homework can be difficult for a child at the best of times, but for a child that’s tired from the day at school? It can feel unimaginable. However, if your school demands homework every day or every week, then you need to work with your children to come up with a happy medium.

Sometimes, this means something as simple as custom free stickers that make them feel engaged and motivated. Other times, you may need to consider other options to keep your children engaged. Homework is designed to challenge students and to get them thinking on their own, and it also helps to reinforce what they learn that day in class. As a parent, you are supposed to help with homework in the capacity that your children will be doing it and you will give them some guidance along the way rather than doing it for them. Here are some of the ways that you can keep your children engaged in their homework.

Give your kids a good after-school routine

Designating a specific place in your house where they can complete the homework will really help them to maintain their learning after school. You can do this at the kitchen table as a group, or they can do it on their own in the bedroom. No matter where the station is, you can help him to switch their brain into focus mate. You should also consider approaching homework with a strategy with a plan or a calendar to matter what needs to be done by Wednesday. Tackling the hottest first can really help to get them feeling motivated by the work in front of them.

When you can, make it fun. 

No child finds homework fun but you can frame that nightly homework sessions as a positive rather than something they have to drag themselves through. You can supplement with fun games and activities, come up with quiz games that you can use to help them to answer the questions and understand the learning, you could even create flashcards. No matter what you do you can use this technique to keep it easy and engaging.

Keep track of time. 

Before homework begins, figure out how much time each session should take. Children should spend at least 10 minutes a night on reading or homework per grade, and doing this will help your children to know that there is an end to it. You could even have a timer on the wall that you start and what you get done in that time is what they get done. This will help your children to know that they are safe in those moments to do the homework and they have fun activities waiting for them when they’re done.

Work with the school. 

One mistake that most parents make is they forget to get the school involved. If you know that your child prefers to have a nap immediately after school because they are so worn out from the day, it may be worth requesting that all homework is given just on a Friday so that you can work through it together over the weekend. Working with the school will really help because at least they can understand your child’s limits. The school is going to continue giving homework until they know that.

Give yourself a re-education

If you want your children to be engaged in homework then you need to have the answers. If children are coming to you with questions about the subject or topic within a subject that you haven’t thought about since you were at school, then it may help you to go ahead with brushing up on your own knowledge to make sure that you can answer the questions effectively.

Keep your children accountable. 

If children are not in the mood for homework then don’t force the issue. All that will do is make them put up a resistance doing any homework at all. Keep them on top of their homework and make sure that they understand the benefit of doing it and that it doesn’t have to take very long. A small effort on that pop can have great dividends in the future.