Nothing is worse than sitting down with a kid who refuses to work. They moan. They groan. Writing the word dog is clearly too much! The pencil is too heavy for their delicate hand. Instead of sweating the details, use this simple trick to motivate kids to get their schoolwork done.
How to motivate kids to get their schoolwork done.
I’ll admit my kids and I have days we really don’t want to accomplish schoolwork. There are days I really want to curl up with a good book even though I know we should hit the schoolbooks. Do you ever have those days?
This trick encourages my kids to be proactive about schoolwork. Why?
Because they want COMPUTER TIME!
The 1st rule in the house is no child is allowed on the computer until they can read. Once upon a time when my oldest son was a tot, I allowed him to play on the computer. Much to my dismay he quickly figured out how to exit the child’s program and make himself at home on my computer.
A reading child does less damage than a child randomly pecking keys!
Once the kids are reading well enough to start spelling lessons, they’re allowed on the computer.
My 5yo is used to his older siblings being on the computer, but his first-grade sister is now reading well enough for computer time. His enthusiasm for phonics has skyrocketed. He wants computer time.
Once the kids are allowed on the computer the 2nd rule comes into play. They earn 30-45 minutes for completing their schoolwork.
The kids are suddenly enthusiastic about getting their schoolwork done even when I’m dragging my feet.
Come on, Mommy, I want to do my schoolwork!
What a lovely refrain to hear!
Weekends are a problem though. The children still want computer time, but I’m busy with other needed activities like planning or cleaning.
There’s a solution though. It’s called chores.
In a large family, there are always extra chores that need to be done. A basket of laundry to fold, the kitchen to clean, or the front porch needs to be swept.
Periodically I have a bored child wander by.
Mom, are there any chores I can do for computer time?
Motivate your children for a well-run homeschool by using something your children want. It can be computer time like my family, a favorite movie, or marbles in a jar earning a trip to the local amusement park. You know your children and their deepest desires.
How do you motivate your children to complete their schoolwork?
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