We’ve got a few tips up our sleeve to make homework a less problematic subject.

“Errrgghhh! Homework!” We’ve heard it before. After a long day at school, getting the kids excited to sit back down and do their reading, arithmetic or spelling isn’t exactly easy.

We’ve got a few tips up our sleeve to make homework a less problematic subject.

A star chart

Implementing a reward system isn’t only beneficial for homework time but can also act as positive reinforcement for good behaviour in general. 
A star can be given any time homework is completed without argument, when chores are finished, for good manners and the list goes on.

We love the idea of a star chart because it encourages ongoing good behaviour rather than having to bribe kids consistently with treats. It’s up to you what the reward for accumulating stars or stickers is. Here are a few examples to get your creativity flowing: an extra 10 minutes staying up on Friday nights after 5 stars, your choice of Saturday night dinner after 3 stars, an extra special weekend outing or activity after 10 stars, a special gift after 20 stars.

A quiet, distraction-free zone   

Arguments surrounding homework often surround kids wanting to do other things after school, think television, games or computer use. Setting up a space away from these distractions can give kids the opportunity to concentrate better and offers a haven for quiet time. Set up a desk that is clean and has all the essentials they need, so they don’t have to stand up or wander off.

Set a timer

It may sound simple but by using a timer you can set kids to the test to work productively for a short amount of time. Set a homework challenge, “you’ve got thirty minutes to finish your English work and if you can get it done before then you can have extra free time.” Sit down with your child to get them started and ensure they don’t rush then leave them to it until the timer goes off.

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