Play vs. Homework
I get the question all the time about homework. There is plenty of research out there that highlights that homework shows no significant impact on a child’s abilities. Personally, I view homework as a method of teaching student responsibility. However, Homework can be a stressor on the family, especially on the international circuit where most parents do not speak English. Homework also sometimes becomes more about busy work. I am all for parents who want their child to give an hour a week with additionally studying but playing is extremely important.
I have come across this adorable shop that makes homemade toys. They are offering a great discount. You have 3 days to order something! Free Shipping on Orders Over $25 at Melissa And Doug. Use Code FS25 Below I want to highlight great toys that can inspire students creative thinking and also help students develop responsibility. Learning takes place when students or children are happy. Think about your curious 2 or 3-year-old. They learn so much through play. Eight years generally are not different but for some reason once a student goes to school, the adult brain switches to more homework and less play.
I think getting those creative juices flowing really helps children’s development. I think this sticker book is amazing because it has texture, you can color these stickers and there are different themed pages. If you want to throw an educational activity, you can ask your child to write a story about their picture or you can have them orally tell you a story about their picture. The idea for doing educational activities at home is it relates to your child. The more it relates to their interests, the better! Tell your child they can bring in their picture and story to share with their class. I love when students bring work that does at home. It shows they are always working on their skills but in fun and creative ways.
Maybe your child really will get a kick out of 3-d stickers!
Teaching students responsibility and they have a role in the house is a great way for your child to feel important in the house. As a teacher, I give students responsibilites such as attendance assistant, messenger, whiteboard easers, and other little duties in the classroom. Kids fight for classroom jobs. They enjoy feeling like they play a vital role in the classroom. Why would this not translate to the home? I think it can or does. This cool responsibility chart has task like setting the table. You can assign different children different activities. This can also connect to spend quality time with you. I know I love ice cream. When I was little, my mom would also have ice cream dates with me. This always motivated me to do well in school or to help out in the house.
Anouther way to teacher responsibility is to have students see and organize their life. This calender can have students add their after school activities and different events planned for a month. This gives them some responsibility to know when they have swimming class or when their grandmom’s birthday is so they can ask to call her. Teaching these skills while they are young will be remembered and useful as they grow older.
Get outside. Kids love fresh air. I also do reading or writing outside and student effort increases significantly. Exploring the outdoors is extremely fun.
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Or you can use this to play “I Spy.” This is a great game to play for students and parents to describe things they see. This is developing language skills. Again, the key word to learning after school (and in school) is keep it fun! The more enjoyable an activity the more effort and student engagement. Home should not feel like school at all. Less Homework more play.
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