Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



MommaT's picture MommaT

I don't have any offical homework tips, but to help S. with his pretend homework (practicing his letters), I try to make it fun with funky pens or pencils and a fun notebook.

I do paper crafts and stuff, so I let him pick out a rubber stamp he likes and then I'll decorate a tablet with it for him. I usually cover the cardboard part of the tablet with paper and add stickers and stuff; If I make one for a girl, then I'll add ribbon. Homework is not so bad when you like what you're writing on!
*not a tablet, but here's a decorated notebook:

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It sounds like you're well-prepared for S. to start school, MommaT. You're right--making homework fun works for most kids. It doesn't work for my L., which is why we had to get so creative!

MomTeacher's picture MomTeacher

You have a lot of great ideas! I may have to print your blog and pass it out to all of the parents of my students. Another idea I have to share is offering fun "reward activites" for each success homework session that is done without a fight. Reward activities might be playing a board game of the child's choice, fixing a special dessert, going to the park, etc. The key is to find what rewards are meaningful to your child.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks for commenting, MomTeacher! You're so right--the key is tapping into the rewards that really work for each individual child. We've found reward systems have short shelf life for L., so we have to be pretty creative!

Divine Queen's picture Divine Queen

I dont know who hates homework more in our house, my son has learning difficulties and the battles drain me emotionally, I believe by the end of a school day he is so tired from trying to please his teachers and trying so hard to get the work done, that by the time he gets home he is exhausted, and the though of more work is too much for him.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

He sounds like my son, Divine...the battles are incredibly draining, and can ruin our whole evening. Sometimes it's hard to see the value in them at all.

Thanks for your comment!