Homework is often seen as ‘boring’ by children. After a busy day at school, it is the last thing they want to do and they want to use their weekends for relaxing not more studying! However, homework is an important part of their education and teaches them how to work independently.
The good news is that homework doesn’t have to be boring. Here are some tips from an independent school in Harpenden on how you can make homework more fun for your child.
Let them have some screen time
Screen time is usually something that parents want to discourage, however technology can really help with your child’s learning. Help your child to find educational videos on YouTube or TV programmes that support their current school topics. There are also plenty of educational games you can download onto your child’s tablet. These will help them to learn whilst having fun and more importantly absorb and retain the information. You can find games for all subjects, such as apps for learning times tables, phonics and even coding.
Create a study space
Another great way to encourage your child to do their homework is by making them a dedicated study space at home. Set up a desk area with storage, new stationery and craft supplies. This will not only make them feel more organised, but it will also help to make homework seem much more fun. If your child has a busy timetable, it can be useful to add a calendar to their wall. This will help them to keep track of school activities and events. Your child can also use this calendar to add homework deadlines and upcoming exam dates.
Give them learning experiences
Finally, you could help to make your child’s homework more fun by organising an educational day out on the weekend. If your child is studying a particular topic at school, such as history or art, perhaps you could tie it in with a museum or art gallery trip? School trips allow children to engage more in what they are learning about. This is not only more enjoyable, but it is also more memorable. For example, it is one thing to read about an artist in a textbook, but to actually see an original painting by that artist is quite a different learning experience!