Thursday, April 30, 2009
I'm going to hit a topic that is our families biggest challenge at the time. Maybe this way I can think this through and maybe you all will have some great insight for me.I really don't remember having homework in grade school until about 3rd or 4th grade. It seems like the first homework I remember doing is studying for spelling tests. I was not a great speller and as often as I read and practiced it didn't seem to help me. Now I have a Kindergartener and a 2nd grader who has homework everyday. A couple months ago there was an article in the Parenting magazine about how kids are getting too much homework. I'm not saying they do or don't but yes kids are getting homework and as parents how can we help not make this such a labor for them? Here are somethings I have tried that seem to help and work with my kids. I don't do all of these everyday. I pick and choose according to what my kids need that day.
-After school snacks are given after they change into play clothes and they have done half of their homework.
-They get one M&M after a complete assignment
-Give them a little down time, (lately we have ran to the park and shot a few soccer goals) then get started into homework
-After school privledges like TV, computer games, and playing with friends are after homework is complete (this includes soccer games, practices, and scouts if possible)
-Emphasis how important homework is
-Have Dad correct some of the homework so he gets involved
-Do a verbal shout out after they get done with their homework (I do a dance and sing for them-they think it's pretty funny)
Honestly getting homework done at our house can be a big pain. My son's friends b-day party was just last week and we prepped him that whole morning by telling him he needed to get done with homework before the party so he could play with his friends. We even suggested he bring a pencil in his backpack so he could start it on the way home. Well he really wanted to test us and he didn't do it for the full hour he had before the party started. So we said he could do his homework in the car on the way to the party, he still didn't get it done. His friends from school all got their homework done before the party and so we knew he could get it done. Well he sat at the table of Chuckie Cheeze for a full hour doing his homework while his friends played. He got his homework done and still got to play for the last 1/2 hour with his 25 tokens. I really feel like when you tell your kids something, you really need to stand by it. These do need to be expectations that can be upheld of course.
Any other homework helps or advise would be grately appreciated!