Most parents can relate to the challenges that homework can present for children. It can require great powers of persuasion to encourage your son to sit down and focus on the task at hand. Wouldn’t it be great if there were ways and means to get your son to stop dreading homework?
Here are our helpful tips on how to make homework fun in five simple ways:
- Set up a fun and creative homework space
As we all know, working in a boring or distracting environment can make it difficult to achieve anything. Children have the same challenges when it comes to getting their homework done. To help them focus, you should ideally avoid busy areas where there is a television or any access to technology. Set up an area in the house where your child feels comfortable. Create a welcoming space with inspirational imagery and colour, that is equipped with the academic essentials your child needs. The objective is to create a place of focus in an environment that is associated with learning rather than playtime.
- Be available to support
Your son will be a lot more productive if he feels that you are there to help, as working alone can be extremely isolating and demotivating. Try to make time spent doing homework fun by turning activities into games, joking and making up riddles for example. Being available to answer any questions your son may have, helps him feel like he is spending quality time with you, making homework more enjoyable.
- Set up a reward system
Using positive reinforcement can really help homework seem like a less boring and daunting task. Ideally, you should establish goals and objectives that you want your child to achieve each week. For example, agree that if your son finishes his homework on time every day, he can go to the cinema at the weekend. Let your son choose the reward that appeals to him most and he can work towards achieving it. However, it’s important to make sure that your son understands that completing homework is important for his future, and not just means of earning rewards.
- Keep a routine
For those children that view homework time as a form of torture, it’s really important to get them into the routine of sitting down at the same time every day and getting it out of the way. Set up a daily planner and get them to tick off each task as they complete it, this way they feel like they are achieving something and making headway with the workload. To make it even easier, you could suggest a fun activity before beginning homework, for example play a board game or kick a football with him to put your son in a positive mindset before he tackles his homework.
- Set a time limit
It’s equally important that your son doesn’t feel like his entire day is taken up with school and homework. Allocate a realistic timeframe for him to get his homework completed so that he can have time to relax and enjoy the rest of his day.
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