We hear it all the time at Pigtails & Crewcuts: parents can’t believe how much homework their kids get these days—even in kindergarten! And as parents, neither can we! But rather than complain, we’ve committed ourselves to making homework fun. Here’s how we’re doing it, and how you can, too.
Create a designated homework space. It should be an area that your child enjoys, and one that’s free of distractions (especially the television). Let your child help decorate and store special school supplies here, so he or she is ready to focus on the task at hand.
- Dole out rewards. If you’re really struggling to get the wheels turning on homework, a little reward tends to go a long way. Think about the motivating factors for your child. Is it TV time? Play time? Selecting a prize from a paper bag (that you thoughtfully filled)? A promise of a trip to the park or a favorite museum? Decide what will work best for your family and establish the rules early. Then sit back and let the homework games begin!
- Schedule in breaks. A list of assignments can be overwhelming to a child (and parent!). Break the evening’s homework in to simple tasks, and take a break after each accomplishment. Run around the yard, stand up and do jumping jacks or blare some Pharrell Williams and bust out some silly dance moves. Then get back to work!