Homework Brain-Builders

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Use these techniques to help your child build mental tools that help him think, reason and pay attention, as well as make homework fun.

Break down assignments into smaller chunks. Use a stopwatch to time your child to see how long they can pay attention to a task before giving up, then encourage them to go longer during the next timed round. This helps with sustained attention, and can help your child become an independent learner.

Turn math problems into a fast-paced game. Time your children as they do a row of problems as fast as they can, then challenge them to do the next row faster. This builds the cognitive skill of processing speed, basically turning them into faster thinkers.

Tell your child to do their best to stay focused on a short homework assignment while a sibling tries to distract him in a goofy way. Reward them for blocking out the distraction and completing the task. This fun, and often funny, activity is rewarding because it builds the mental skill of selective attention, which helps kids block out distractions in school and throughout life.

Give your child two tasks at once. Test him on his spelling words while he’s doing a math problem, drawing a picture, or simply packing up his homework. While he’s spelling the word aloud, make sure he doesn’t stop the other activity. This challenging exercise is harder than it may seem and grows the divided attention skills that help people multitask or listen to directions while working.

Let your children play teacher. Let them teach you a skill or concept that they’re working to improve their understanding of the concept, and build logic and reasoning skills. Let your kids “test” you, and let them determine a fitting reward if you pass their exams.

Source: Learning Rx