Struggling with kids not doing homework? Try a few of our ideas to see if you can get them back into a studying regime.
Doing homework always seems to rank pretty highly on the list of things that kids can’t stand.
Other contenders include the room clean-up, helping out with chores, and not causing a scene in public at every conceivable opportunity.
But one of the many essential lessons kids need to learn early on is that life is full of things none of us likes to do. Otherwise, we’d have implemented a rule about not having to go to a partner’s work party a long time ago.
But doing homework doesn’t have to be quite the ordeal your kids are convinced it is. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can turn even the most ardent procrastinator into a studying machine.
A style from ear to ear
Getting the best from children’s experiences with homework involves a study of your own; you need to study how they work best.
If your child is an auditory learner—one who responds to sounds—then an effective way to assist might be reading aloud or helping to record notes for later playback.
If your child is a visual learner—one who likes to see things—then it may be advisable to use colours, images and diagrams.
And if your child is a tactile learner—one who prefers to do things—then it could be best to engage in something like roleplaying to help with understanding.
Location, location, location
Environment plays a huge factor in the effectiveness of concentration. This is true for any of us, but especially for children. A room that is set up well with ergonomic furniture, effective lighting and plenty of ventilation is essential.
Make it fun and inviting for children’s specific tastes and personalities. Create a setup they like, but don’t make it too fun; there is no room for distractions like phones, televisions or video games.
Variation is also an important factor. Change up the scenery for doing homework by making another room available on occasion. Or you could even try some outside study time on a nice day!
Finally, ensure they take regular breaks. Even the most appealing room is going to get boring from time to time. Go for a walk or throw a ball around—whatever keeps the energy up.
Ways and routines
Complementing the importance of the right learning style and a congenial environment is the need for a consistent routine for doing homework.
If you can implement the same start and finish time for children, then hopefully they are more likely to get into the habit of doing it every day.
Don’t overdo the amount of time for younger children, and gradually increase it as they age and their workload naturally increases. You’ll need to remain vigilant with this in order for a routine to really take hold.
There’s also a routine that you may find yourself guilty of—one that you need to quickly eradicate. Plenty of parents are tempted to ‘fix’ problems to avoid embarrassing situations. Examples include correcting mistakes in a children’s homework, or reminding them if they forget it.
But you need to let go and allow them to experience these kinds of realities. After all, we all learn more from failure than we do from success.
Pencil it in
Then there’s the ultimate way to get your children excited about doing homework: their own personalised stationery and other school supplies!
Personalised pencils, markers and other stationery are all available at Stuck On You, and we know that if children are proud of the tools they’re using, then they’re more likely to produce work and results of which you can be proud!
Check out the full range on the Stuck On You website right here.
What are your tips and tricks for encouraging children with doing homework? Let us know in the comment section below!