Are you having a difficult time getting your kids to do homework? Homework time is difficult in most families since most kids do not like to do homework. There are always better things to do – watch TV, play computer games, friends, telephone and many other distractions. Some parents find themselves arguing, begging, bribing and nagging their kids to do their homework.
A homework reward chart might be just what you need to end the homework nightmare! In many cases, the chart will assist you to make homework time more pleasant and motivate your kids to do homework without even having to ask!
These free printable homework charts can be used not only by parents but by teachers too. If you have students who do not do homework on a regular basis you can suggest to their parents that they use a homework chart (or even print one for them) to help provide them with a useful tool that might encourage your student to do homework.
Printable Homework Chart
Print out this chart and hang it near your child’s desk or somewhere even more accessible like on the fridge.
Homework Completion Chart
Write a list of subjects in the top line and each time your complete your homework in that subject mark the chart.
Weekly Homework Chart
This chart will track your homework for the entire school week (from Monday to Friday).
Some children do not like the work “homework”. It makes them resist automatically. Their first reaction is “I have no homework”. Some children find it better to relate to the term “study time”. They prefer “study time” to “homework time”. Studying is something that you have to do whether you have homework or not.
If you find that your child relates better to study time than homework time you might want to change your terminology. The following charts are titled “Study Charts” instead of “Homework Charts” for those who prefer to refer to this time as study time instead of homework time.
These charts are also very suitable for teenagers who need to study and not necessarily only do homework. These charts will help them plan their study time to ensure that they don’t need to cram before exams.
How do you use a homework chart to get your kids to do homework?
A homework chart will very often help to motivate your children to get their homework done but it is important to understand WHY your child is having problems with homework. Sometimes, understanding WHY your child doesn’t want to do his homework will help you use the homework chart in a more efficient manner.
Does he find it boring because he has more interesting things to do? In this case, a homework chart can make homework more interesting. It will enable the child to focus on the incentives that she could receive if she completes the homework chart. For example, once the chart is complete she can get her allowance. Each time she does her homework she gets a sticker for that day. If she gets a sticker every day she will get her full allowance. For each day that she does not do her homework or she does a poor job, she can either choose to redo her homework or to forfeit the sticker for that day. If she forfeits the sticker then she will not get a full allowance.
Does he find homework too difficult because he is behind the class? If this is the case, then he might need a more hands on approach and he might need you to help him catch up with the class.
Is your child too insecure? Does he think that he can’t do the homework without you.
Does he never have the right equipment and keep leaving the books at school if he even remembers what the homework is? If this is the case, you might want to give him a sticker each time that he is organized, writes down what needs to be done and brings home the necessary equipment. For these kids, learning to be more organized is half the battle and will help them in the future.