How to Make Homework Fun for Kids
Back to School is here, and with it comes homework. Getting elementary school kids to complete homework can be a battle at times, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some fun homework tips to help make your evenings run smoothly:
Use Favorite Toys to Make Learning Fun
Does your child love LEGOs but despises math? Try using LEGOs to supplement your child’s math curriculum! If you spend some time searching Google and Pinterest you will come away with several great ideas on how to use LEGOs to help your child learn a variety of math skills including multiplication, division, and fractions. The possibilities are endless! There are some great elementary school LEGO math tips on the Scholastic website. If you have a preschooler, check out the activities using LEGO Duplo blocks.
Pro Tip: Store your learning LEGOs in labeled, zippered baggies so that they are easy to grab on the run, or to keep track of at home.
Give your Child Incentives/Rewards
If you find yourself battling your child every night to complete their homework, try giving them incentives or rewards for a job well done. Allow your child to earn technology or TV time if they complete their homework without a fight. If possible, try to align the reward with the skill that is being learned. For example, if your child is learning how to count money, hand them your change at the end of each day and let them count it. If they count correctly, allow them to place it in their piggy bank. Stickers, a small treat, favorite chapter books or a fun weekend activity (for a week’s worth of homework) might do the trick as well.
Create a Homework Zone in Your Home
Find a quiet corner of your home and make it a bright and fun homework “zone”. Decorate this space with your child’s artwork, find motivational prints online to hang on the walls…make this space FUN! If your kids have a special space to spread out and do their work, they’ll look forward to visiting it. If your child likes to work alongside you, take the time to spread out your own work and work simultaneously. An added bonus is you will be nearby if any assistance is needed.
Allow your child to listen to (kid friendly) music during homework time. Take breaks and have a dance party when a favorite song comes on. Or play classical music during actual work time and save the dance party for the end.
These are just a few ways that you can make homework more fun for your child. What tips would you add to this list?