What Can We Do to Make Homework a Manageable Task?
- Stop calling it homework! Just the name can trigger pouty moods and cantankerous behaviors. Find another word to use such as assignments or activities.
- Use a timer to help some students stay on track. I usually set the timer for both completing assignments and taking breaks. If students have a competitive nature, you can also use a timer to see how fast they can complete a few problems, and then see if they can beat their time. This often creates a motivating game that can help them to maintain attention on the task at hand.
- Create a structured routine. Make an afternoon and early evening schedule that includes blocks of time for assignments, eating, and even unstructured play time.
- Accommodate your child's best ways of learning. You can learn more about this by CLICKING HERE.
- Pair pleasantries with the process. For instance, one can prepare healthy snacks and tasty drinks and also collect favorite pillows, fidget toys... that can be used to calm and soothe the mind.
- Create an optimal spot for completing assignments. Have fun designing a study space that has all the resources, light, and materials. For instance, be creative and create a cool study loft, with a pillow corner for reading, a desk and Zenergy Ball chair with color-coded cubbies and bins filled with markers and colorful paper.
- Use erasable Frixion markers, pens and highlighters when completing assignments. Brining color into assignments can often increase the fun factor.
- Take kinesthetic, brain breaks to help high energy students manage their get up and go nature.
Where Can I Get Ready Made Materials?
You can check out the Executive Functioning Activities Library by clicking on the image below!
- the recording of homework assignments with a large selection of editable agendas
- checklists and to-do lists
- planning for long-term assignments
- writing organizers and strategies
- reading strategies
- math computation strategies
- memory strategies
- note taking
- test taking
Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator, and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning. She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Learning Specialist Courses.
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