Parenting with Positivism : Issue 17

Holiday Homework: Combining Learning with Fun

For many children, vacations will often include lots of homework. But have you ever thought how relevant these home works are and how can you, as a parent make it a real fun work for your kids?

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WAYS TO MAKE HOMEWORK FUN

You’re locked in a serious stare-down with your kid at homework time, and there’s a pile of papers between you and freedom (after all, it’s your homework too.)

For parents, when it comes to homework, there is a fine line between helping your children and doing the work for them. Just as teachers should avoid placing unwarranted pressure on their students, parents should appreciate that by doing the work for them, they are in fact hindering their child’s ability to think independently. Homework becomes an exercise in futility if children aren’t allowed to take charge of their own learning. Instead, parents should put their efforts into providing an environment which helps to instill a real desire to learn.
Make your family’s daily homework routine fun for you and them. Here are some tips for you.

Create a sweet workspace

Having a special place set aside for homework will help with focus, and having it decked out with the coolest personalized decor and special tools that will make it a place your kid wants to be. For younger kids, the space should accommodate lots of art, and use a wire and clips to hang their creations or assignments. For older kids, give their space the feel of a teenager’s more on desk space and ways to organize time and deadlines. If your child is big enough to do this on his own, do not hesitate to take a back seat and simply let them be the in-charge of their work stations.

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Use the boards wisely, considering your child’s mood and schedule. You may put up special encouraging messages, and cross off of tasks as they’re completed. Post your kids’ reports, assignments or work as inspiration to show them how doing their homework translates into school success.

Reward or Prizes

For every holiday homework assignment completed, give out a coupon (or a marble! your child can save up to turn in for a reward. When she has enough coupons (we suggest timing it so that it takes about a week) set up a homework prize shop with items they like. Don’t forget to make them add coupons and get a prize equal to the value of those. This will help them connect math to the real life situations.

 
 
 
Earning the tech time/TV time

Techie kids will love to earn computer game time with every homework assignment completed. Create laminated index cards in five minute intervals to hand out every time they “turn in” an assignment to you.

Warm up with a brain game

Kick-off homework time in a positive way with a fun game to get the brain revved up. For kids learning to read, put together a cute alphabet puzzle and come up with words that start with that letter, or play a round of Go Fish to work on beginning math and number skills.For older kids, tell a story with story cubes, or play a round of Sudoku or cross word.

 
I like to move it, move it

For active kids, a physical break after each assignment is done is a great reward and will keep the brain pumping. Think twenty jumping jacks, a five minute freeze dance, running in place or some yoga poses. Bonus: join in and get a calorie burn for you, too!

Let your kid get organized with their home work

Help them prepare by

  • gathering supplies and bringing them to a quiet and serene work space
  • ensuring privacy and quiet area where they can concentrate.
  • removing any sources of distraction
  • Re-organizing as needed. 
  • Wearing comfortable clothing to feel relaxed and at ease

Help them plan by

  • Estimating the time that would be required to complete the assignment. 
  • Setting a schedule making every effort to follow it. Time tables do the trick.
  • Organizing their homework list. 
  • Bets time to complete it

Ultimately, as a parent your question shouldn’t be “why are schools giving so much homework?” but rather, “is this homework relevant, interesting and does it encourage independent thinking?”

Ultimately each school, teacher and parent will draw their own line in the sand when determining the correct age for pupils to be given homework; but discussions over homework should not stop there.

Story-Telling

For those who understand the true meaning of Christmas, it is significantly more than just a festive holiday. Unfortunately, our world is overflowing with people who know only of the hustle and bustle, the partying, Santa Claus and shopping. In some countries, the delight of spending time with the family is forgotten. Make this Christmas a start- spend more time with your child sharing story of Christmas, sing carols, have fun. And not just Christmas- start with this, and make sure you make every festival special by talking about it and discussing more with your angel!

PARENT- SPEAK

Our children’s happiness makes our day, isn’t it? Let’s work together to achieve it. It’s never too late to start thinking about your child as a child and let them enjoy holiday and home work. Share pictures of you with your child- those WOW moments we’ll feature it on all online platforms! Write in to us at [email protected] and we will publish them on our website! We will be waiting to hear from you!