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Rock & roll and magic markers! Let’s do homework

on September 26, 2012

 

If you can’t get them to do their homework, they will find a way to amuse themselves.

School bells are ringing once again!

Life is busy. Parents work all day. Kids come home with loads of homework. No one feels like studying or sitting down to fight the battle of trying to figure out homework either. Let’s focus on how to get your kids excited about homework or even just studying.

Let me add that not everything works for every child or parent or teacher.  This is all about discovery and what can get your child from boredom to learning. I doubt any teacher will challenge the alternatives if your child’s grades go up because so will test scores. The administration is all about raising the scores because who wants to be on the bad list of schools not making progress?

A good tempo, the pace of the music, actually can help a child study. How many times have you turned on the radio or CD player to listen to music while you work? Hard rock probably won’t work but some  good classic rock & roll will. Find some current tunes that flow the same way and let your kid study with the music on.

Is there a rule that homework must be done in blue or black ink? Some kids will get more excited if they can use multiple colors when doing their homework. Math? use erasable color pencils. The advantage here is that you can even color code words or topics. That develops a memory cue which can help a child’s recall during tests. You can take it a step further to add scented markers. Aroma therapy while doing homework!

When there is a lot of reading homework, don’t confine your child to the table. Do you read while sitting up straight in a chair at a table? Chances are no. Bean bag chairs or even outside in a hammock are great reading places. The more comfortable, the better retention and getting lost in the moment.

More suggestions coming your way tomorrow.

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