How to Make Homework Enjoyable for Kids

Mar 29th 2021

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10 min read

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If we ask children about their hobbies, I doubt that homework will make it to the list. Jokes aside, even though homework is not their favorite task, they have to face it regularly, sometimes daily.

Having said that, parents (and teachers) have some power to make it more interesting:

Continuously Motivate

When children aren't motivated, they reluctantly try to finish the work without caring about the output and try to move on to something more interesting. The process of learning gets diluted. Furthermore, daily repetitive tasks in homework for children may help in certain aspects of development but are sometimes super boring! Here's where the motivation part comes in.

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Motivation can play a key role in their learning and development. In order to be effective, the motivation must be directed at learning and not getting better grades. One way of motivating can be to reward fun activities such as drawing, playing a sport, or watching a segment of their favorite cartoon directly to the homework. Allow them to "unlock" some of these fun activities only once they've achieved certain milestones in their homework. That way, doing the homework becomes part of the game.

Turn Homework Time into Family Time

Another way to make homework more tolerable is to do it together! No, we don't mean helping your children with their homework. That's different. What we mean is for the entire family their own homework while sitting together, preferably at the same table. Parents do their own "homework" like checking emails, accounts or other tasks that you need to get done.

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This way, children don't feel like they're missing out on fun. In fact, they might feel like they're a part of something that the family is doing as a whole. Your children can also learn how to work by observing how you sit, think, and concentrate. This way, you can turn something that is generally tedious into something more pleasant and wholesome.

Help them Experience Things

Helping children through experiential learning may help them enjoy their homework more because they understand it better. For example, if your child is learning about how plants grow - they might study the theory behind the life cycle of plants in a text book. However, supplementing that information by having them experience it in real life by planting a seed and watching it grow is much more fun and will help them internalize the concept.

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The same works with a lot of simple math concepts as well. It can easily be expressed through everyday objects around us.

Encourage them to Investigate

When kids are stuck on their homework, that's when they start to ask questions and their interest starts to fade if they aren't able to grasp the concepts. Typically, parents relay information and children absorb. And most of the time, it works. However, if you're looking to mix it up and try something new, an alternative method can be to pretend like you don't know the answer and you be the one to ask the questions. Have them investigate and come up with their own version of reasoning. Keep asking questions until they get into the right track of thinking.

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When kids are stuck on their homework, that's when they start to ask questions and their interest starts to fade if they aren't able to grasp the concepts. Typically, parents relay information and children absorb. And most of the time, it works. However, if you're looking to mix it up and try something new, an alternative method can be to pretend like you don't know the answer and you be the one to ask the questions. Have them investigate and come up with their own version of reasoning. Keep asking questions until they get into the right track of thinking.

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