There’s no denying that many students have an issue with doing homework, and that issue is that they lack motivation. The lack of motivation may come from a variety of factors such as boredom, stress, preoccupation or plain old work overload from having it in so many classes. The key to developing homework motivation is to try to get them to stop thinking of it as a laborious task. Here are three ways that you can help your kids get excited about homework:
Turn It Into a Carnival
You don’t have to literally hire dancers or clowns, but you can do some things to spice up the event so that they think of it as a fun event instead of something to dread because it strips them of having a good time. One idea to make homework fun and invoke a sense a motivation is to let them do it with one of their best friends or a group of study friends. Allow them to laugh and joke with their friends as they are brainstorming and trying to get their projects done. You could even serve pizza and refreshments to make them more comfortable while they are studying together.
The children are probably used to being in an environment in school where they don’t get a chance to talk to their friends and just enjoy being kids. This can be their time to hang out, and they won’t hate their homework because they’ll be getting the chance to talk to each other, have fun and even help each other.
Get the Family Involved
Some children need more time with their families or with specific family members than they are getting. This could be the perfect time to increase the family togetherness as well as the bonding between members. There are a couple ways that you can do this, but the best way to do it is to get everyone involved in the homework assignments. For example, let’s say your child had to study for a test on Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare isn’t everyone’s favorite writer, but your family could increase the “cool” factor of this assignment by doing some role play to help your child remember things. You could even have a competition where you pass the Romeo and Juliet study guide questions around and ask each other such questions. You could all compete for a prize, and the one who gets the most answer right could win it. This plan may work because it has two motivators. The child gets to do a fun activity with the entire family, and he or she may win something, as well.
Milk Their Reward System
Finally, if you have to pull out the super heavy artillery, you may have to hit up their brain’s reward system by giving them incentives. Some of the most common homework incentives are personal praise, money and special parental approval for desired events.
Money is a great incentive, but you have to be careful that you don’t lead your child to believe that he or she should always receive money to do things that need to be done. Personal praise is just letting the child know that he or she is an amazing student, a great child and that you appreciate the effort that he or she is making. The approval incentive is similar to the money incentive except you’re letting the child do something instead of paying money. Approval could be for something like a party or a concert that the child wants to go to attend.
As you can see, there are many little tips and tricks that you can use to make your child’s homework something enjoyable rather than something they want to try to postpone until the end of time. You can start by trying any of the above-stated methods on your kiddos. They may work for you the first time.