Until, that is, the first time the family dined at a nice restaurant. To enjoy homework, the child just has to enjoy learning.
If you’re thinking about toys, money, i Pad time, points, stickers, etc., you’re not alone.
Rewards (and sometimes punishments) are many parents’ go-to motivators.
To add to that, many kindergartens also assign homework to these little children, further reducing their available play time.
It’s no wonder that some kindergarteners are not motivated to do homework..
Parents love them because they work almost instantly. But very soon, you will notice some unintended results. Some years ago, after a lecture, Professor Mark Lepper was approached by a couple who told him about a system of rewards they had set up for their son, which had produced much improved behavior at the dinner table.
You present the prize and the child complies to get it. “He sits up straight and eats his peas and the Brussels sprouts and he is really very well behaved,” they reported. Homework is a tool for children to learn and get familiar with the knowledge taught in class.Once a place for socialization and play, kindergartens now emphasize the importance of learning to read, to count, to sit still and to listen to the teachers.Going from playing all day at home to behaving or sitting still in a structured environment for hours at a time is a tough transition.Children naturally love learning, if we provide the right environment and motivate them appropriately.Here’s the problem…When you hear the word “motivate”, what do you think of?That’s bad news, especially for a kindergartener facing 12 more years of assignments. Young kids can rarely cope with complex time management skills or the strong emotions that accompany assignments, so the responsibility falls on parents.Read More: Why You Shouldn’t Do Your Child’s Homework Children rebel against homework because they have other things they need to do. Adults assume the highly undesirable role of Homework Patrol Cop, nagging kids about doing it, and children become experts in procrastination and the habit of complaining until forced to work. When homework comes at a stage when it can academically benefit students, it can also be a student’s responsibility.President Obama’s pick for Education Secretary, John King, Jr., is headed for confirmation Mar. King’s track record shows he loves standardized testing and quantifying learning.If he loves numbers and research, he should welcome what some teachers and families have known for years: that homework at young ages does more harm than good.If a kindergartener doesn’t like school, that will be 16.5 years of misery. So, convince yourself to change from the working mindset to the learning mindset.It sounds abstract, but here are 6 tangible steps on moving towards that goal.