Parenting is hard. This is especially true once your children grow to the age where learning by play may not be enough. My son is 7, and he has ADHD. Any parent of a child with ADHD or any other impairment that makes learning difficult knows that HOMEWORK TIME CAN REALLY STINK! Instead of getting frustrated, I got creative. Well, I got creative after I had enough of being frustrated (both on my and his part). How do we do it? Read on.
Use Everyday Things to Teach
We know that there are 10,000 websites that will sell us their ways of teaching. But if we are creative, we can teach lessons ourselves with things found all around the house. Use the weather to teach volume, measurement, and how to make predictions. Today it is raining here, and we are using our dry erase board to chart the minutes and hours that the rain continues. Secretly, I am hoping it stops soon.
Take It Outdoors
Shapes, fractions, counting, etc. can all be taught by simply taking a walk around the block. Count clouds, divide the sky, teach distance. The possibilities are endless, thanks to Mother Nature.
Use a Timer
Homework time can drag. Use a timer for each assignment. It helps your little one see the amount of time to “Beat the Clock”. It also teaches how to tell time the old fashioned way, let’s them attain their own success, and can set the idea in their heads that sometimes (especially math) assignments are time-trials.
With these tips, your grade schooler can get better at math, and at homework in general. After a day at school, they need a break. Unfortunately, that does not mean that homework can be delayed. It is hard, as a parent, to see your child struggle. So, we have to make it fun and put it back into their own (little) hands.