How to get kids interested in doing HW?

Mercy - posted on 05/18/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son hates doing homework, especially math. I feel I don't do enough to get him motivated. Any suggestions?

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Sueha - posted on 05/24/2011

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well i had the same problem with trying to work with my older son and having my younger son bothering us. so i started making up homework for my younger son to keep him occupied while i work with my older son. this way both kids have to sit down and no one feels like they are missing out on play time because they are both sitting down. it could be as simple as having the younger one color or draw shapes or cut and paste things. be creative and make a family hour where everyone sits down and does homework together.

Debbie - posted on 05/20/2011

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My 10 year old takes her time at doing homework and I feel bad when she gets home from school, starts right away on homework and doesn't leave the spot till it's done...even if it's done past her bed time. I have heard a suggestion to have the child do one page of homework, then take a 5-10 min break. My problem doing that is keeping up with the schedule. Sometimes it will be 30 min later and I say, "Oops! You got to get back to your homework." Perhaps if I used a timer it would help me stay on track. But taking short breaks really helps the child learn and not get burned out.

Crystal - posted on 05/20/2011

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So this might seam mean and by all means it is but.... I Told my kids when they first started to get home work that it was to be done as soon as they get out of school. And that if it takes all night they will eat at their desk and will have no play time or t.v. time.

If they start to mess around and goof off we time it and then when they have a HW free night we give them extra in the same amount of time they goofed off in the days before.

Thus if on Monday, Tuesday and Wensday they goofed off for 15 mins a day that's a total of 45 mins they have to do extra homework that I get from their teacher.

Needless to say we have had no fights or goofing off outside of the first weeks back to school. it's like once they remember it they don't want it and homework is done by 5 every night.

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Kristi - posted on 05/30/2011

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Oh, I just read the post about his age. That's normal. I don't think teachers should be giving homework at this age. I agree with Christy's comment and suggests about the books. See if you can talk with his teachers about doing something other than homework to help him learn the subject matter. Homework is really ineffective at an early age. Our kids' school doesn't even start to give it until 3rd grade because of this.

Kristi - posted on 05/30/2011

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Try signing him up for a math camp or a program at Kumon to see if he just needs the subject matter jazzed up a little bit. This is one of the few areas where I think sometimes computer games are to be allowed. Try some fun math games that help him build his skill in the subject. Bribery rarely works for long. Try to find out what it is about math that he detests so much and see if you can alter what's eating him. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 05/24/2011

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We just went through a fraction unit with my 8 year old son, we took his toys and used those to help. . . I'd say if it's something they like then bring it into homework! I have a almost 3 year old too that isn't very helpful and I try to get her colors or a pencil to set at the other end of the table while doing homework so she feels a part of it!
Talk to the teachers too, find out how they are presenting it to him, that helped as well so I didn't confuse my boys by presenting it a different way. Good luck to you!

Tammy - posted on 05/23/2011

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My son didn't like doing his homework often telling me it was done when he called me at work when, in fact, it wasn't. I'd check it when I got home to always find at least one page not completed. After months of frustrating evenings I made him a deal. If his homework was complete when I got home from work I would reward him with meeting hi for lunch at school on Fridays. Now, he completes his homework every day and every Friday I meet him for lunch bringing his favorite foods and then play handball with him and his friends. It's been a win - win situation for us.

Denise - posted on 05/20/2011

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I have 2 sons (17 & 14) and have found that logic has worked wonders. Ask him what would happen if he didn't do his homework. Allow him to come up with both immediate and long term ramifications. Let him talk it through and really process the natural consequences of his choice. No one likes to be told to do anything so if we do it because it is our own choice there is less conflict. This will be a process - it will take time of having him answer the same questions - but I believe in the long run it raises them to make wise decisions and think for themselves.

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2011

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I'd also take a look at some of the books about homework, such as "The Case Against Homework", and "The Homework Myth". I've found teachers to be quite receptive to a discussion about the relative merits of homework at different ages. If it's something he didn't do and class and was supposed to, that's one thing - but if it's just worksheets for the sake of worksheets, that's another thing.

Mercy - posted on 05/19/2011

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Thanks Cristy. My son is 7.5 and is very rambunctious. It doesn't help that I have my littlest roaming around when we are trying to get through HW. I have though about taking him to the library one night during the week to get it done and get some reading material. Its very hard when ur a single mom and running a business too.

Christy - posted on 05/18/2011

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It's really going to depend on their ages. When my kids are being obstinate about doing homework or chores, I tell them they won't get dinner 'til it's done. Now obviously this has to be said early on and won't work for the teenager that has a bag full of homework to get through. This would be considered a negative feedback and isn't likely to work very often.

It would be a fun idea to make a reward system for math homework for the child who doesn't like math. Fine something that s/he loves and would like to earn. It could be a trip to the drive through to get an ice cream cone, or a toy that is being collected. Then figure out what is reasonable to earn that reward and focus on the positive progress, not the negative. This will work best with elementary kids.

It would help if you shared your son's age.

Christy
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