August 8, 2014
There has recently been some heated debates within the education circles on the efficacy of assigning kids homework. Those who are against kids homework argue that off school time is time for play-related psycho motor development that kids inherently require; pro-kids homework contend that engaging kids in school-related work while at home enhances kids cognitive skills and sustains that connection of school/home intact. I personally view homework as a necessary part of kids intellectual growth and a needed element for kids overall scholarly preparedness. However, homework is not always celebrated by kids and most of them shun away from it blaming it for stealing away their allotted play time.
To make homework fun for kids, Splash Math has these 5 tips to share with you.
1- Magical Motivators
Use incentives to get your children to do their homework without a fight. Small snack, stickers, iPad time or toys work well for younger children.
2- Write it for them
No, that doesn’t mean do it for them. It might seem counter-intuitive, but if you mix up the routine, and have your child dictate the answers to you, they will be a lot more interested in the actual subject material.
3- Learning apps
Fun math practice apps can be a great resource for visual examples and games that help your child practice concepts he is struggling with.
4- Get a Homewrok Buddy
Turn homework into a play date. Have your child invite a friend over and encourage them to do their homework together. Make sure you lay down a few rules ahead of time.
5- Don’t take it it Too serious
There are more important things in life than homework and grades. Too much emphasis on grades can destroy your child’s love of learning and devalue relationships.