For most children, the terms “homework” and “fun” can never be formulated in the same sentence. To them, homework is a chore. Whether they’re excellent learners or not, the mere idea of having to come home after a long day in school and complete even more assignments seems pretty unreasonable. Eventually, homework time turns into this uphill battle between children and their parents.
However, the truth is that homework is necessary to your child’s overall learning experience. Arguing with them and punishing them for their “lack of interest” only backfires making matters worse. As such, you should learn to find ways to make learning a more exciting experience for your children.
1. Integrate Technology
In this digital age, it shouldn’t be hard for you to find ways to integrate technology into your child’s homework routine. Utilizing various apps and other resources for learning can take the stress out of homework and provide your children with a more hands on experience to the lessons they’ve learned in class.
Talk with your child’s teacher about various tools and resources you can use to help with homework. Many schools have introduced technology in the classrooms, so your child’s teacher should certainly have a reliable source of information. Tools can include learning assessments for students, which can help them to track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as interactive games that reiterate the lessons and concepts they’ve learned throughout the day.
2. Create Visuals
If your child is more of a visual learner, then they will probably grasp concepts and enjoy homework time a lot more if you can create visuals for them. For example, if your child has weekly spelling tests, creating flash cards can help them to remember the words a lot easier than having them write the words over and over again. Math is also a great subject for creating visuals. Whether they’re learning to count or multiply, try using fun visuals like m&m’s or pennies for them to use.
3. Make a Game Out of Homework
What kid doesn’t love a good game every now and again? If there’s one way to make homework fun, it’s turning it into a game. For example, if your child has spelling you could have your very own spelling bee at home. Gather a list of your child’s spelling words, enlist a small audience and allow your child to spell the words to build their confidence. If they’re not big on crowds, you could also try creating your own puzzles online such as word searches that they can enjoy. There are a lot of different games you could try out to allow your child to have fun while learning.
4. Apply it to Everyday Life
Sometimes the mere concept of sitting in a chair at a desk and completing your homework can get rather boring. Applying learning to everyday life can be a great way to switch things up. For example, if your child is learning fractions in school, allow them to help you make a meal that requires some measuring. This will be great for family time but also sharpens their fraction knowledge. (Even let them read the instructions to strengthen their reading comprehension skills)
5. Offer Rewards
Help your child achieve goals by offering them small rewards. Sometimes knowing that there’s a reward at the end of their hard work can really pay off. Create a homework chart and apply stickers for every night that your child completes their homework. At the end of the week, treat them to ice cream, the movies, or even order takeout and let them make the decision on what’s for dinner. It doesn’t have to be much, but the reward method can go a long way and can easily be altered to their age and expectations.
So these five tips should certainly help get you started on making homework time a little more fun. Be sure to get the family involved as much as possible and make learning a regular part of everyone’s lives. When your children see that you put education first, they are more likely to make it a priority in their own lives.