PROBLEMS GETTING HOMEWORK DONE?Q: "My child is having problems being motivated to do his/her homework. What can I do? "A: When a child has a hard time wanting to do homework, it could be due to several factors.
It might help to ask yourself these questions:1. CONSULT:Do I need to talk with the teacher to find out what is happening with my child in class? Is my child not asking questions when they don't understand? Does my child have motivation issues in class as well?2. REWARD SYSTEM:Should I set up a reward system (or consequences) at my house to help motivate my child every day? You could also give little treats such as M&M's or cereal pieces for each problem or subject area completed.3. SET TIME EVERY DAY:Do I have a basic daily SET time to dohomework? Or is it at varying hours from day to day?4. CHECKING THE BACKPACK AND PLANNER:Do I check my child's backpack or check the teacher's website to see what is expected? If your child says "I don't have any homework" for most days than not, it may be time to contact the teacher to check on it.5. SLEEP:Is my child tired or not getting enough sleep? Learning is impaired when students have not had enough sleep or if the sleep schedule is interrupted.6. LEARNING ISSUES:Do I wonder if my child has a problem with learning, attention or focus? (If so, contact Mrs. Pesce or the teacher.)7. A SPECIAL PLACE:Have I set up a quiet, organized space for my child to do his/her homework? Is the television or radio on? Are others interrupting or being distractive?8. TIMER:Could I use a timer to help structure work times with 5-10 minute breaks?For students with a limited attention span, this technique is especially helpful in preventing fatigue and improving motivation.9. HOME/SCHOOL/NEIGHBORHOOD:Is there something at school or home that is causing stress? Is there a death or illness in the family?
On an additional note, do I stress the importance of reading, homework learning and homework completion? (If so, thank you!)
By asking these questions, you can get a few ideas about how to proceed. Please call us at Meadowlark Elementary at 703-4208 if you'd like additional ideas.
-Mrs. Pesce, School Counselor