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Updated on Aug 5, 2009

Here are some strategies Marshall Lockett recommends for doing that:

  • Read aloud to your child as he follows along.
  • Have him write down or draw a picture of what he just learned.
  • Act out the story with him.
  • Have him march around the room to a beat as he reads.

Other strategies for locking information into the mind include repeating it three times before moving on, reviewing material several hours after studying it, or working in short spurts of 5 to 15 minutes.

Festivity

Nobody says homework has to be boring; in fact, studies show that people learn much faster when something’s entertaining. Here are some ways to make homework fun:

  • Friends: Let your child work with others, quiz each other, or compete to see who can finish first. Marshall Lockett suggests sitting them at the table instead of in your child’s bedroom so you can make sure socializing doesn’t get out of hand.
  • Family: Make family homework a tradition; sit with your kids at the table, and read a book or work on paperwork.
  • Food Serve everyone a nutritious snack at the table. “It's amazing how many discipline problems food solves,” says Marshall Lockett.
  • Fun “Build in rewards and breaks for tasks completed, grades raised or time spent, that are meaningful for your children,” advises Marshall Lockett. Maybe it’s a movie or a game. Also, while some children need silence to learn, others actually do better with music playing.

Whatever new strategies you try, you’re bound to find homework getting done more effectively than before… and your child will enjoy it more, too.

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