Every week, you face the same dreaded problem. Your child doesn’t want to do his homework and especially hates spelling and learning new words.
There’s something you should know: learning for kids isn’t all that exciting. The first years of school, your child doesn’t even know why he’s being put through all those classes and lessons. It’s your job as a parent to try and make it fun and interesting, and to keep his attention focused on the task at hand.
Here are a few tricks that I use to make homework more enjoyable.
When practicing spelling, use different writing platforms instead of the old pen and paper. Your child can write words on everything from a white board with a marker, to an iPad or computer, or on paper with different coloured crayons. It can be done on the window with a special pen, with cereal or pasta on the table or, my kids’ favorite, in flour on a tray.
Try and change it up has often as possible. You can use Scrabble letters, ask them to spell while dancing or just use funny sentences that will crack them up. Because “Jack lives in a big house” is just so boring!
There are websites to help you with learning, computer programs and all kinds of other supports to help make homework a fun part of your weeknights. The most important piece of advice I can give you is, don’t lose your cool when things aren’t going the way you want.
Step back, take a breather and change the dynamics. If it’s still going nowhere, then try something else. There’s always tomorrow, but remember this: screaming, shouting and losing your patience with your child about school work is the worst thing you can possibly do to his perception of learning.
You’re better off not doing homework at all than turning the activity of learning into something he hates.
Hope my tips will help some of you.