I don’t know about the rest of you but homework is proving to be a challenge in my household. By the time my kids are picked up, cleaned up, fed and bathed there is tired tantrums and silly fights all through the homework battle. My daughter is in kindergarten and the expectation on these kids is far more then I ever remember when I was that age. Sight words, learning the phonics sounds and reading simple text are some of the expectations for a kid in K. So how do you keep them engaged and motivated? Most importantly, how do you keep homework fun?
ISO 800 50mm f/5.6 1/100 secs Day 17 “circles” #365Photoblog
Work sheet from @education_com on pintrest
Some tips I use to keep my kids engaged include:
- I shake things up! Switching the focus daily keeps Georgia engaged. We do homework every day after supper.
- flash cards to practice sounds and sight words or
- We draw in her ‘journal’ and practice writing short sentences or
- We work on simple math. How many apples? Can you draw three squares
- This seems to motivate her to commit to 15 minutes of focused learning every day. Beat boredom!
- What if you have another toddler at home? It sure is tricky to focus on a school age child’s homework with a toodler or pre-K kid in the backround. Well I sure do- and he is a busy bee at that.
- Including them in the homework fun can never start too early.
- Action, shape and counting flashcards
- Tracing letters
- Drawing pictures (or colouring) in “his journal”
PDF for this work sheet attached credit to education.com
- Reading every single night is pretty important. This can take different forms as well depending on their level of ‘tired’
- E-books on the computer are pretty popular these day. Georgia is thrilled to ‘work on the puter’.
- Simple books for Georgia to read to me.
- Or (my favorite) when I get to read the classics to my kids and they doze off mid book ZZZZzzzZZZ
- Look for new sources of learning fun!
- I am always looking for new ways to keep the kids engaged. Recently I came across a great website http://www.education.com. Teachers and parents this website is a must to check out. Looking for free printables? Check out @education_com on pintrest (Avry is working on a colouring page from there in the photo above). I will attach a PDF for you to work on tonight!
Comment below with how you keep your kids engaged during homework! I am always looking for new ideas.