Many children hate doing homework and learn to master the art of procrastination from a young age. However, with the right attitude and motivation from their parents, children will find that doing homework can actually be fun sometimes. Here are some tips for parents from a private school in London on how to make homework fun for your kids.
Invite some of your child’s friends round and encourage them to do their homework together. Some children work better as part of a group rather than independently, so it’s worth setting up your own little study group in your home. They might work well together and help each other find the correct answers. Working with a friend will be far more fun than sitting alone. Make sure the children are aware of the rules ahead of time and once they’re finished you can reward them with some free time or a tasty treat.
Your child will be far more motivated if they have a nice environment to do their homework in, rather than being sent to sit alone in their bedroom. Make sure the homework space has all the appropriate books and stationery so that they don’t have to pause their homework session to go and look for something. It also must be free of anything that might distract your child, like a television. It might be worth having lots of funky pens and colourful paints so that your child can get creative with their homework.
Do you have some emails to catch up on or a shopping list to write? If so, why not sit with your child whilst they’re doing their homework so that you can “work together”. One reason why children don’t like doing homework is because they don’t like to feel like they’re missing out on any fun. If they know that you’re working too and they’re not actually missing out, they might be more inclined to get on with it. What’s more, having you nearby will allow them to ask you any questions they might have about their homework, rather than getting frustrated when they don’t know something and consequently giving up.
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