10-5 rule

Do you have a kid who complains about doing homework?  Fights with you to start it?  Doesn’t stay on task.  Try this.  Set a timer for 10 minutes, and for 10 minutes your child does homework.  When the timer goes off, set it again for 5 minutes.  During the 5 minutes your child can do whatever they want.  When the 5 minute timer goes off your child is back to homework for 10 minutes.  And this goes on and on until the homework is completed.  Don’t mention this to your child, but eventually they will ask to skip the timer because they want to ‘just finish ALL their homework.’  And yes, during the timer you will hear a lot of moaning and groaning, ignore it.  They are doing it for attention.

5-10 rule

Do you have a kid who complains about doing homework?  Fights with you to start it?  Doesn't stay on task.  Try this.  Set a timer for 10 minutes, and for 10 minutes your child does homework.  When the timer goes off, set it again for 5 minutes.  During the 5 minutes your child can do whatever they want.  When the 5 minute timer goes off your child is back to homework for 10 minutes.  And this goes on and on until the homework is completed.  Don't mention this to your child, but eventually they will ask to skip the timer because they want to 'just finish ALL their homework.'  And yes, during the timer you will hear a lot of moaning and groaning, ignore it.  They are doing it for attention.  

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test, quiz, exam

Every Wednesday Harvey has a 20 word spelling test.  Each week I have him write out all 20 words and tape them in my calendar.  I always have my calendar with me.  If Harvey is with me we can squeeze a quick spelling word session in ANYWHERE.  This little trick is also teaching Harvey he can take a few minutes where ever he is and get a few things done if he NEEDS too.  

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homework

For the next 8 weeks Teddy has homework.  He is doing a little class offered to children who are moving to Upper Elementary at his school.  When he first started I noticed he was starring out the window for most of the time.  I would walk by and ask him how he was doing and he would say, 'Do you see that bird out there?'  I thought how could I get this kid on task so he can get this done and go play?!?  Two nights ago I asked him what he needed to do.  We made a list of each problem he was to finish.  After he completed each problem he needed to check it off.  The list kept him on task and motivated him too get everything done.  It worked like a charm.  Next step, to have him make his own list.  ;)