Sunday, May 23, 2010
There are about 4-5 weeks left of school for most children. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. The smiles are getting wider. Summer is coming and there will be weeks without homework battles.
If you’re smiling at the thought, think of how your child feels!
So, in light of the fact that the end is near, I’d like to propose a challenge. Here’s how to play:
1. Make a copy of your child’s homework.
2. Tell your child that you are going to do his homework as well.
3. No, you are not going to do his homework for him. (Come on, now.)
4. Sit down at the dinner table and do the homework while he does the homework. If your child can’t stop himself from staring at you doing the homework, move your chair. No copying is allowed.
5. After you have both completed the assignment(s), compare answers.
6. Make observations only. For example, on a math problem you may say, “ Wow Johnny, I got 423 and you got 634.”
7. DO NOT make any negative comments about your child’s work. (I know, this one is nearly impossible, but shove a wad of gum in your mouth if need be. Sometimes I just bite down really hard on my lip and the pain swats the negative words away.)
8. Do this 3 nights in a row, if possible.
Why should you torture yourself?
1. It is important to model efficient study habits. Seeing you sitting down, slowing down, and working on an assignment sends a clear message.
2. Doing the homework separately and then comparing answers is a great way to help your child find his or her own errors and make the necessary corrections.
3. Doing the work together becomes “special time” rather than “arguing time”.
4. It is a non-stressful way to watch how your child learns and works.
Please let me know what happened.