Help! How can I make homework fun for my 3rd grader?

Deborah - posted on 01/24/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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It's like pulling teeth to get him to even open his books, once we get going it is not so bad, but I do not look forward to homework time anymore than he does. We have our words he crys a bit then 30 min.s later we do homework. Any suggestions?

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Stephanie - posted on 08/11/2011

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My son is going into 5th and he knows that there is no "screen" time until the homework is done. He usually gets a break because I don't pick him up right after school.
My struggle is that he sometimes asks for my help and then gets angry and frustrated. Sometimes he'll even tell that I'm not doing it right. He is generally not a back-talker. Then I walk away because I don't want to speak to him while both of us are angry. Then he does it himself or just waits to ask the teacher. I don't want this to turn into an argument but how do I get him to understand that you don't talk like that to someone who is trying to help?

Kathy - posted on 01/26/2009

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my third grader hates schoolwork - home and at school. She recently has lost recesses and extra curriculur until her work at school is caught up. But in answer to your question - all my kids have a little routine - when they get home they may have a snack AFTER their laundry is put away and bed made. Then they have until 4 to do what they'd like. If that is getting a head start on homework or just goofing off it doesn't matter - 4 o'clock is homework time - until it is DONE, especially for the 3rd & 6th grader. Nothing else until it is done - TV, computer, dance, dinner... As harsh as that sounds, it is necessary for 2 of my kids because otherwise they drag it out until bedtime and never really complete anything. I think you're lucky that your son actually doesn't mind getting it done once he's started!! Like the other moms, I say that the routine is helpful beyond anything else. No arguing, bargaining, bribing, manipulating, just telling them it's 4 & time for homework.

Amanda - posted on 01/26/2009

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I don't know if you can make it fun but I have found a routine works.  They need  a little running around time after coming home.  At least for my son the last thing he wants to do after sitting all day doing schoolwork is to come straight home, sit and do more schoolwork.  When he was younger I allowed him 30 minutes of free time and then it was time to do homework.  That seemed to work most of the time.

Deidre - posted on 01/25/2009

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What a great mom you are for asking this question.  My son is only 4, but I teach third grade and I'm wondering if some of these things may work...We use timers all the time when kids are working, and maybe it would carry through at home.  You could try setting 15 minutes for each task, so your child knows that stalling or getting distracted isn't an option.  Rewards like getting to read you a story, watching his favorite show with you or something like that might be motivating too.  He's so lucky to have you!

Heather - posted on 01/24/2009

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I have to do the same thing as Amanda, a routine works best for us as well. If you can catch them right when they get in from school, and get it over with before they try to watch TV/ play video games, or play,.......lol....... I find it easier not to try and peel him away from playing something....that is SUCH a struggle.

Amanda - posted on 01/24/2009

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At our house we have "quiet time" after school. My son has a snack and a drink and we talk about his day and then we get down to the homework. I find that a routine is helpful because he knows that there are no other options and the quicker he gets it done the quicker he can do what he wants to.

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