Tricks for getting my kids to sit and do their homework?

posted 2 years ago in Parenting
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

How old are they and is the homework hard or just annoying and has to be done?

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

What is Chest?  

For your six year old, I would work with him/her to get the stuff done.  I assume they have to read 30 minutes a night (if not from school, they should be anyway).  Maybe have one read while the other works with you on homework, and then switch.

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Sugar bee
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HiveFive:  My son (six) goes to school until 4pm.  This year, homework is structured diferently- last year he had more he had to turn in.  He gets a wind down period, and then he just does it.  He likes to do it- and often will just do it on his own.

Don’t act like it’s such a chore, and make it seem fun.  I think my six year old thinks he’s “doing work” and it makes it feel grown up LOL

It’s never been an issue though- sit and get comfy with them =)

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Buzzing bee
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If it were me, I would work out how best my children work. Some work best by having to do homework straight away after school because if they have any downtime they won’t get going again. Others need a little bit of relaxing time before they can focus on work again. Maybe you could have a few times of each method. Give them an incentive to get their homework done – sharing a favourite story later, watching a DVD, short go on the computer…whatever they enjoy. If they really don’t like it then why not have a 15 minute rule? 15 minutes of homework then 15 minutes of something else. Break it up for them. Set a timer so they know when the time is over.

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Busy Beekeeper
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HiveFive:  Homework for 6 and 8 year olds?? Apart from reading homework (i.e. books to read, perhaps out loud to their parents) I see no need for homework at that age. Let them unwind for a while, and perhaps do it just before or after dinner. And at least they’re using their brains, playing chess and not just watching TV!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

What sort of homework are they getting (reading, worksheets, projects)? And what grades are they in?

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Sugar bee
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aussiemum1248:  it’s nice that you see no need for it (I don’t really, either)– but when they’re supposed to turn it in and thier effort for doing so goes on thier report card….it sort of needs to be done.  My son was in kindergarten last year and he had homework to turn in every week– he was supposed to work on a section of it each night.

This year, his teacher wasnts 20/minutes of reading a night, and then math gets sent home for us to do with him and we don’t turn it in.  It works much better for us- because we can do it whenever we please.  And I love his teacher this year!

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Bumble bee
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discipline. you’re the authority and they need to do this. because you say so. instill the fear. too many parents are too soft on kids these days. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

HiveFive:  Yeah, that seems like a lot for kids that young- in my district, we aren’t even allowed to send homework until 3rd grade (K, 1 & 2 still have reading to do but they are adamant we don’t call it “homework”). My 6th graders last year got one homework packet/WEEK, which included work for each subject, plus were expected to read every night. Are they just getting worksheets? Have you spoken with their teachers about what exactly is the purpose/value of this homework?

In the meantime, I would do reading before bed, and the math and spelling as soon as you get home. Establish a routine “homework time”, say 30 minutes where they have to just sit and do their work. Get a timer or something to use and just make it a part of a routine and hopefully they will adjust.

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