Is your child feeling bored by the homework being assigned by his or her classroom teacher? This blog post offers a few ways you can approach this situation.
When Homework is Too Easy…
Parents tend to worry that school might present too much of a challenge to their children. However, one issue you might not anticipate encountering is that homework can be too easy. This type of situation can be just as much of a problem and one that you'll definitely want to attend to. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do if your child isn't feeling challenged by his or her homework.
Make the Homework Harder
While the homework assigned by your child's teacher might be too easy for him or her, there's nothing stopping you from augmenting or supplementing the assignments a bit. Think of the original homework assignment as a starting point. For example, if your child's math homework is to do every odd-numbered problem from 1 to 13, you can ask him or her to do the even ones as well. Or, alternatively, you can find extension worksheets online that go into a particular math concept in more depth.
This approach can be applied to any subject. For instance, if your child has a three-page book report assigned, consider upping it to five pages or asking him or her to analyze the book on a deeper level.
Assign Your Own Homework
Another option is to assign homework that's unrelated to the work that your child is required to do for class. As such, your child can undertake a home study of an academic topic related to an area of personal interest.
For example, you can get your astronomy-loving child a telescope and some age-appropriate books about astrophysics. Or, you could organize a suggested reading list with a higher level of challenging texts. If your kid is interested in art, consider going to museums and buying books on art history. The possibilities are endless.
Encourage Open-Ended Thinking
Often, schools focus most on basic understanding and memorization when assigning homework to students. It's only later on in their academic careers, like college for example, that they begin to engage with higher forms of inquiry such as synthesis, experimentation, and so on.
If your child is feeling unchallenged by the level of his or her current homework, consider turning it up a notch by asking open-ended questions, questions without answers, that will encourage your child to think in a new way. For example, you can have long, in-depth discussions about the role of mathematics, where numbers might come from, and whether math was invented or discovered. There's no way conversations like this will be too easy, that's for sure.
Talk to the School
Finally, consider approaching your child's teacher or school and talking to them about the quality of the homework assigned to your child. There's always the possibility that your child might just be too far ahead of his or her class and could potentially skip a grade.
Furthermore, schools often have institutionally supported programs for gifted children that provide them with further challenges, many of which occur after school and offer supplemental learning in the form of enrichment activities and field trips. Work together as a team to make sure that your child is as engaged and learning as much as possible. After all, you're all in this educational journey together.
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