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Friday, November 28, 2014
Staying on Track with School Work for the Holidays
I know I'm not the only one who gets excited during the holidays. I love going on special outings and watching holiday movies with the kids, but I also know consistency is the key to success during the busy holidays. Stowell Learning Center has some great ideas for keeping on track. (You can sign upo through Stowell to receive your own email tips too).
Keep your Homework Routine
If your homework routine has begun to fall by the wayside, re-establish
it and make it non-negotiable. Students fight things less when things
are "set in stone." Have a set time and place for doing homework.
Acknowledge; then Move Ahead Kids
will naturally be more distracted and excited at this time of year. We
can't make them not feel that way and really don't want to "squash" the
excitement. So it's important to acknowledge where they are and then
move forward to what they need to do.
Here's how this might look:
For a younger student:
"You're super excited aren't you? This is a fun time of year. Right
now, it's homework time. How about if I help you get started?"
For an older student:
"You're anxious to talk to Sara about the party Saturday
night, aren't you? It sounds like it's going to be really fun! Right
now, it's the time we've agreed on to do homework. Why don't you put a
reminder on your phone to call Sara as soon as you're done?"
Make it Fun
Take advantage of the season
For example, if you're studying times tables, spelling
words, or vocabulary with your child, you might write each one on an
index card and then separate them into Santa's naughty and nice piles.
Be a little silly. Put the cards the student knows in the "nice" pile!
"Yea! That one gets a present this year!" "Awesome! This one goes in
the nice pile!"
The ones the student doesn't know go in the "naughty" pile. "Boo, he
was bad this year!" "No presents for him!" This takes the emphasis off
of the student not knowing certain facts or words and puts the blame,
in a fun way, on the fact/word itself. Be sure to go back and practice
the cards in the "naughty" pile to try to move them to the other pile.
"How about if you try these cookies I've been baking after you finish this assignment?"
Play Christmas music in the background.
Read a Christmas/holiday story for the nightly reading.
Be creative, have fun, acknowledge and enjoy the excitement, all the while sticking to your homework routine! Happy Holidays!