Home works are always the point of contentions between parents and their kids after school. One side just want to have a rest after a whole day of work in school while the other want their kids to learn the value of hard work and therefore would want them to continue the work when at home when they are assigned by their teachers. But home works are necessary part of school life and need not be something that parents and kids will fight about. In fact, parents can even help their kids with their home works without really providing the answers to it.
Here are some of the ways that you can do this. They are so obvious, you may even be doing them already with your kids.
1. Put value into it
Kids are logical beings. When you explain how important doing their homework is, they will learn to place value into it. You can do this by giving your children rewards for a job well done. Award them with toys that they like when they have gotten into the Top Ten of their class or give them certain privileges when their grades are high enough.
Rewards need not be something material. It can be in the form of praises and words of encouragement. This is especially true for kids who are weak-hearted or those that are easily frustrated.
One advice is to be careful in giving too much rewards. Too much of it will get children to focus more on the rewards rather than on the deed itself. That can be a problem because their motivation and their efforts to do things will depend on the reward. If they don’t want the reward, they will not do anything. Or worse, when there’s no reward, they will feel that it is not worthy to make the effort. Keep it balanced. That way, you can teach your child values in the process.
2. Make it fun
Studying and doing homework may be serious things but you can make it fun too. You can do this by giving your kids a special corner which they can have for themselves. Having a spot where they can work will emphasize how important studying and doing their homework is. It will also give them something to look forward to so that they will be motivated to study.
Another way to make it fun is to inject games into the learning process. Make tests that they can answer as a review for their lessons. Create some guessing games or word games for their English and history subjects. You can also perk up the learning process by giving your kids reference materials that are colorful and kid friendly. For instance, if you are going to buy an encyclopedia, don’t buy the heavy ones. Rather settle for those that are age-appropriate with accompanying pictures.
You can also give your children access to the internet. Here they can find virtually anything that they to know about to help them with their homework. Of course, when doing this you have to make sure that there is an adult that will guide them.