Many children approach homework as a punishment. This outlook can be changed with some creativity. For example, a parent can set up a reward system of some item that means a lot to him. Perhaps a child can be given one hour of computer time or television time if he completes his homework. If the child not only does the homework but increases in achievement level, the reward could be greater. Perhaps a trip to an amusement park or another day trip would be in order if the child brings home an “A” on a report card.
At times a nice hug or praise is all that is order. This helps the child to feel better about herself, especially if she is not lavished with praise.
If a child learns better by seeing something or physically working out things, making math homework fun with small candies might help him. This approach is useful in many areas of arithmetic.
Set up a jar or a hat with small rewards written on paper, inside. When the child successfully completes a homework assignment, he can draw a piece of paper out of the hat. The rewards can be as simple as pick a sticker, or can be as large as having a sleepover. This system does require knowing what will get the child motivated, but once they realize what he can receive for a job well done, the child will try to finish the work quickly and accurately.
Using games and songs to help homework be completed can help make learning fun. If the child is having difficulty with one subject area, try setting the subject to music. It is especially fun when the song is a childhood favorite, such as “The Farmer in the Dell.”
When it is homework time, do not send the child to an area where he is isolated, with orders to stay there until the homework is finished. It is better to find a quiet place that has all the tools that the child needs to be successful in their assignment. Every once in a while, check on the child to see if any help is needed otherwise, let him see if he can work out his assignment, using your help only once in a while.
Every once in a while, change the scenery for the child. Once week, perhaps let him study outside on a blanket. Another time, set up a tent and let them complete their homework while pretending to be on a camping trip. The changes can be small or large, but it makes doing homework fun.
Make reading a daily part of the family’s routine. When a child has a basis in reading, or listening to reading, their curiosity for learning will be increased, not only for fiction but also for information. This can help to make homework time a way of finding out new things rather than a boring time of learning.
No matter which way is chosen, the idea of helping a child enjoy his learning time is very appealing.