As school gets back into full swing, I’m having to relearn how to motivate my kids through their dreaded homework. So that I don’t have to learn this all over again next year, and so you may learn right along with me, here’s what has worked for us so far this year:
1. Give ‘em a break. When your kids get home from school, feed them. Let them relax for a bit before jumping right into their homework. My usually have zombie eyes when they get home and need to recharge before we can think of beginning their homework.
2. Establish a routine. My kids have a snack while watching a cartoon when they get home from school. Once the cartoon is over, the kids know that it’s time for homework and they mope over to the dining room table. If your kids need more time to relax than a half hour, set a time that homework begins every night and stick to it. It’s hard for them to argue when you do it the same way every night.
3. Have a designated homework space. Some kids can’t function well in the midst of chaos. If you can, set aside a calm, clean space for them to do their homework. Those of us with lots of littles may be chuckling thinking, there is no calm, clean space in my house. Just do your best!
4. Get homework supplies. My kids love having new mechanical pencils and a pack of loose leaf paper that can only be used during homework time. They actually look forward to using these special things.
5. Reward them. Find some way to give them an incentive to get their homework done. If my daughter doesn’t complain about her homework, she gets to sleep with one of our kittens. It’s simple, doesn’t cost me anything, isn’t extravagant, and is effective. My son is working toward the privilege of doing homework after school with his best friend. He needs to show me that he can do his homework without complaining before this can happen.
What works for you? How has your back-to-school transition been?
May your homework time be peaceful,
Mommy Mentor CurlyQ