By Cecelia Davis, Kid Editor-in-Chief, age 11
How do I get my child to do their homework during this quarantine?
I am eleven years old myself, and I actually enjoy doing the online homework. I think it is fun and interactive. But I understand that some kids don’t enjoy this, and there are a lot of ways to get a kid to do their homework.
The first option is to offer an incentive. This is definitely the most appealing
option to the child. The incentive doesn’t have to be something big. You can tell your child, “Hey, if you do all your homework, I’ll let you choose if we should have either fried chicken or tacos for dinner,” or you can do something bigger, like, “If you do all your homework, I’ll let you play video games for fifteen minutes after bedtime.” Another option is to sit down with your child and tackle the assignment with them. Sometimes big assignments can be overwhelming, and it can help to have a parent with them. You can help your child and tell them, “Well, what did we read on page 234? Do you think that could help with the assignment?” You’re experienced with schoolwork, and your child will appreciate help.
The option I use for myself is to help your child make a checklist. I make a
list saying the subject, the assignment, and the materials needed. It’s helpful to be able to follow the list step-by-step. Sometimes kids can feel overwhelmed by big assignments, and decide, “You know, this is so crazy I just won’t do it!” Making a list of assignments like this: “Watch video, complete worksheet, check answers, read page 347 in book” might help. Tackling one part of the assignment at a time helps a lot. You can also combine certain options. Try offering an extra minute of video game time after their curfew for every part of the checklist they complete, or reward them with a snack break after they finish a subject. I hope these help, and there are much more tips that haven’t been written in this. Try dividing all of the Social Studies papers into one pile and all of the Science papers into another. Then gather all of your Social Studies materials with your papers, and so on. For materials that will be used for multiple subjects, make a separate pile for that.
Then clean up. Try these tips to make At-Home Learning Days much easier!