Taking The 'Work' Out Of Homework
As academic expectations become higher and higher, it looks like the amount of homework our little ones bring home won’t be slowing down. Find out how you can help them:
Our little ones work hard all day at school, and as curriculums become fuller and academic expectations become higher and higher, it looks like the amount of homework our little ones bring home won’t be slowing down any time soon. But, this is an important part of school and learning.
If your little ones want to go and play outside but they have a couple of hours of homework to get through first, here are a few ways you can make it quick and fun – for you as well as for them!
Why not encourage little ones to complete their homework by making it into a fun set of ‘puzzles’ or a ‘quiz’? Much like the way children love playing games in the car, by turning a set of questions or study points into a quiz, with you as ‘Quizmaster’, they’ll have the questions answered in no time.
Break it Down
If an assignment seems a bit large, or little overwhelming, why not break it down into smaller chunks to be done throughout the week. Depending on the deadline, this can make a sizeable project seem much more manageable!
Incentivise your child by offering small ‘rewards’ as they complete each section of their assignment. An extra half hour of play time perhaps?
Although sometimes (especially with older children) homework might seem a bit complicated, make sure you are always involved and enthusiastic. Your child can value your opinion above that of their teacher, so to hear your voice encouraging them and congratulating them on getting things right will mean a lot to them!
Although using the ‘incentivised’ approach such as a reward of an extra half hour of play works, try not to use the evening meal as an incentive to complete homework. Children have had a busy day at school, often involving a lot of running around, so will need a healthy snack or dinner to re-energise for the evening before they start doing their homework. Make sure to include healthy fruits and vegetables as part of their daily balanced diet to support their active days.