Helping you get the most out of your child’s education
Let’s face it; as well as sometimes being a struggle, homework can often become monotonous, with the similar reading, spelling and numeracy activities being revised each day. It is often a good idea to start with the subject that your child finds the most tricky. This way you prevent the battle at the end of the sitting when your child is tired and frustrated.
I have compiled a list of homework tips to make your afternoon activities more bearable…and perhaps even…fun?
This week I will be focussing on some tips for making Phonics and Spelling homework more interesting. Here are some ideas:
Tap in to typing: Kids LOVE the digital age. Let your child use the computer, tablet or any other device to type out the spelling words. You could also print the words and stick them up in your child’s bedroom.
Rainbow words: Let your child use his pencil/wax crayons or kokis. He can write out each spelling word in rainbow colours (therefore rewriting the word a number of times and boosting his visual memory by using the bright colours)
Bath crayons: One can buy crayons (from large chain stores or online) that your child can use in the bath; writing out his spelling words on the tiles in the bathroom or even on the shower door.
White/chalk board: Writing on a white/chalk board is far easier and much more fun than writing in a book. It also takes away the pressure of writing neatly (children who have fine motor difficulties or those having help from an OT may enjoy this).
Sand words: This can be done at the beach (if you’re lucky enough to live near one, or at home in the sand pit for easier access) Write the words in the sand and let your child trace or copy the words with his finger or a stick.
Play dough play time: Create the letters for each word out of play dough. Take a picture of each word on your camera, phone or ipad, print them and stick them up around the house or in your child’s bedroom.
Finger stamping: You will need and inkpad for this activity. Let your child use his fingerprints to write out the list of phonics or spelling words.
Secret spellings:Your child can write the list of spelling words on a white piece or card/paper with a white wax crayon. Once the list is written get him to paint over the page using diluted food colouring or water colour paints to reveal the hidden spelling words.
Gross motor Super Spellers:
Some children (boys especially, but not exclusively) love to learn while using their whole bodies. Here are some tips for those active kiddies.
Ball bouncing: Let your child bounce a ball while sounding out the spelling words.
Skipping:Skip while spelling out the words. One jump per letter.
Hula Hoop: Hula hoop while spelling the words.
Hopscotch: Write letters outside in chalk or on the beach in the sand. Hop from letter to letter to spell the given words.
Remember that with all these great activities you will still need to complete the set written homework given by the teacher. Homework is also given to instil a sense of responsibility and routine within your child. The layout of the work may be very important to your child’s teacher. So, have fun with the homework tips but make sure to complete the given tasks so that your child doesn’t feel alienated once he gets to school the next morning.
I hope that some of these tips will help you and your little one to feel a tad more inspired when starting his Spelling homework each day. Over the next few posts I will be writing about creative ways to inspire your little one to enjoy his Maths and Reading homework too!