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How can i get dd to do this??? ....

how do i get my dd to do her homework, she is starting kindergarden this fall and we are doing over the summer homework things, like writting her name, letters, numbers and things b/c she still writes "Sloppy" and the teacher wants her to do better for the next grade. they think that she will have a hard time but i mean she knows her abc's numbers, some words but lacks the abillity to read words that she knows, we also think its just that its when "She" wants to do it or not.... how can i get her do do her homework? how can i modivate her to do so? any comments????

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Asked by ncollins885 at 5:34 PM on Jul. 12, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Let me get this straight: she has not yet started Kindergarten and she does not write her name neat enough or read well enough? Wow, that is a lot of pressure for a young child! I say she knows her letters and numbers, can write her name and knows a few words so leave her alone!! Put her in the sandbox and hand her a bucket and a shovel! Seriously! She just needs time to mature. She is going to be completely burned out by 3rd grade if you keep this up.
    If she needs to write neater, spend the summer building fine motor skills by having her play with play dough and string beads etc.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 5:40 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • The majority of kids going into kindergarten don't know how to read and only know how to write letters, and normally not very neat. Don't push her too hard, she will be taught to read in school. As for doing her homework, make it fun. Focus on seeing more than writing. Use flash cards (simple ones with small words on one side and a picture on the other side). Start out by showing her the picture and then the word, let her see it and get used to it. In school they learn "sight words" by memory, not by sounding them out. They are showed them over and over and over until they can look at it and say what it is.

    Answer by colethky at 5:41 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Yoy are probably right she does things when she wants to...but then don't we all unless we are called to task. I hope you get alot of "make it fun" answers with suggestions. ie: writing..when she ask for a cookie..write the word "cookie" on a sheet of paper then have her copy it . If she wants to go outside to play...write outside or play or swing, or get the idea. Then have her write the word. Be sure to reward her with her request. If she does a passable job take her outside for a few minutes. If she does a superb job...Take her to the park for loads of fun.

    Answer by KISS1224 at 5:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Whatever she wants to do tell her, if she wants to do it, she has to do her homework. Make her earn her fun. Seriously!

    Answer by randerykah at 6:14 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • She sounds like a normal going into kinder kid. Most kids cannot write neatly at this age or read extremely well. My DD was 4 when she started kinder, could somewhat write her name and could barely read. By the end of the year was reading at grade level and writing like a kindergartener, but in English and Hebrew. Homework was right after a snack when we came home.

    Don't put a lot of pressure on her now. Make it fun. Have her practice by writing in sand or shaving cream. Just a few minutes at a time. She will get it, just give her some time. My DD is 10 now, her handwriting is passable and she reads at a 12th grade level.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 7:08 PM on Jul. 12, 2010

  • Thanks guys and she is a 6 year old going to first grade this fall ( sry for the mis typo) lots of good ideas tho

    Comment by ncollins885 (original poster) at 11:01 AM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • Get her some sidewalk chalk and let her do her homework on the patio or sidewalk. It is lots of fun and does not seem like work.

    Answer by higherboundmom at 12:16 PM on Jul. 13, 2010

  • Require it. It's a part of growing up, a part of learning to follow directions and rules, a part of development. Encourage her, praise good efforts, and require her work be done. (I have Julita do her homework at a set time each day - that way, she always knows what's expected of her during that time)

    Answer by aliceinalgonac at 8:35 PM on Jul. 15, 2010

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