Inventing Fun Homework Ideas For First Grade Students: Helpful Directions

Most children decide early in their educational lives that they do not like homework. In today’s educational system, however, homework can start as early as kindergarten. That means it is a good idea to get children into the habit of doing out-of-class assignments as soon as possible.

Regardless of what some education reformers advocate, there is a reason for homework. Its main purpose is to enhance what the students learned in school that day. It should help them remember and understand what they’ve learned. It can also teach them to work independently, to accept personal responsibility, and help hone time-management skills.

All of that doesn’t mean the child will like doing homework, however. If these home assignments can be fashioned into a fun time, it can make getting it done more enjoyable for the child and far easier for the parents. Here are some helpful directions for making first grade homework more enjoyable for all involved:

  • Set the tone for work time. Your child will need a quiet, well-lit, properly stocked spot to do his or her assignments. Make this a designated place in the home, decorate it up with bright colors, and make it clear to everyone that this is the learning station in the house. Turn off the TV, put the phone away, and focus on your child and the assignments. Make up a song about doing homework and sing it before you start each session.

  • Timing is everything. Don’t wait until it is bedtime to start working on assignments. It should be done when you child gets home from school. If you are working, then the task will fall to your child’s after-school caregiver. Make certain they are approaching it as a fun, anticipated time that focuses all attention on your child. This is the time that should establish in your young one that academic success is more important than dance class, karate or soccer practice.

  • This is their work, not yours. You need to be involved in the process. Your job is not to do it for them. You are in the role of cheerleader and coach. Your enthusiasm for guiding them through their assignments will give them that feeling of pride and success in their own accomplishments that is so vital for success in life. Lots of applause for jobs well done, smiling and words of encouragement need to be the standard.

  • Let your excitement shine. Play up the “grown up” aspect of completing assignment. Make a game out of spelling words. Turn math problems into a competitive game. If you give the impression that completing assignments is a chore that interferes with your personal schedule, your child will assume that attitude toward it. Praise them, laugh and play with them as each assignment is completed. You’ll be glad you did in the years to come.