When I heard that Kiddo was going to have homework this year in Kindergarten, I was secretly thrilled. (Now, she gets three little assignments on Monday that have to be turned in on Friday, so we're not talking the hours each night kind of thing....yet). Why was i thrilled? Well, umm, confession: I loved homework as a kid. Yes, yes, I know. Not the normal thing to love, but I did love it. And I just assumed that homework love would be there in her too, be just perfect-o with my child since, well, she is my kid and has my genes and OF COURSE she'll love homework....right?
Yet, despite my confindence (please read that with sarcasm), I wanted to be sure we were kicking it off right, this whole homework thing. Although I loved homework, I also have a bit of anxiety about getting my kid to love it too. (Yes, that is foreshadowing for tomorrow's post, ladies.) So I tried to channel some of the homework tips and hints I had read (and written about) over the years.
So far, she does like it. We don't have battles (knocking wood and all), but sometimes it does take a little reminding that we need to do it. But, again, she's five. Here are a few top things I remembered reading all of the tips from the pros:
-- Have a set place for homework. It could be the kitchen table, it could be a desk, it could be on the ottoman in the den. But have a main place where she does it every time, as part of the homework routine. The experts say it get the kids into a homework mindset, which is helpful to keep focused.
-- Have the equipment. Have a cubby or a tote box or an area that has anything she may need - pencils, ruler, markers, even more stuff for when she may need to create a diorama habitat for pterodactyls. When your kids don't have the tools to do their homework, that is when they become frustrated and turn "off."
-- Place priority on it. Don't let it slide. Have doing homework be first priority after getting home from school. Granted, a snack and perhaps a few jumping jacks can come first, to get some much needed energy back into that little body.
-- Be around. If you can, be around when they are doing those math worksheets. Don't hover, don't do it for them, but be there. Provide a presence in case they have questions...and so you can see if they are having problems or difficulty. This way you can help them navigate their feelings toward the assignments and prevent bad habits from forming due to other issues. And, of course, there is always the spelling test quizzing that you can do!
Do your kids like homework...or not so much? How much do they have each day -- and how much did you have?