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By Elaine Ernst Schneider
September 1, 2000
It's been a long day
at work and
you come home to find your child overwhelmed by a mound of homework.
tension mounts as you wonder how you are going to have dinner as a
and have a little time to relax, yet help your child with the homework.
Here are a few tips that might give you a boost.
Make a list of all the
assignments and allow your child to check them off as he or she
each one. This gives you both a starting point and a way of knowing
you have ahead of you. It also gives your child a sense of
each time that one of the items is checked off. Never let your child
up. Assist him, modify the task, or sit down and literally read it with
her, but don't give up. Failure only teaches a child how to fail. By
a list and sticking to it, you are teaching your child to meet the task
head-on one at a time rather than to be put off by what seems an
amount of work. This is as much a part of education as
for a test,
help your child make up little sayings or rhymes that are funny. For
if the assignment is to memorize the names Conrad, Mott, and Tenney for
a history test, make up the saying "C-all M-e T-onight" which utilizes
the first letter of each name. Practice the sayings that correspond to
the questions and then practice remembering what each initial letter
Another idea when
is to put it to rhythm. For instance, when memorizing the
tables, make them into a chant: 2 X 2 is 4, I said, and 3 X 2 is 6! One
philosophy of education is to involve as many of the child's senses as
possible to initiate the use of different areas of the brain. A way to
do that is to add body movement, or kinesthetic learning. March around
the room, for instance, as you and your child recite the multiplication
facts. You have made what was a "task" into something fun.
Above all, you want to
a pleasant and successful experience - so much fun that your child will
want to do it again. As any teacher will tell you, the ultimate goal of
teaching is to create in a child the thirst to learn more, just for the
sake of learning.
: Don't Let Your
Give Up on that Homework - Part 2
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