Tip Tuesday: Motivating Your Kid To Complete Work Part 4


Welcome back to part 4 of this Motivation Series.  In case you missed the previous posts, you can find them here:   Part 1    Part 2    Part 3

So let's say your kid(s) hate any one particular subject...what then?  Did you have a block schedule during your own public high school days?  There's no reason that can't work at home for little ones as well!  Let me refresh your memory: The subjects are taught every other day for twice the original amount of work.

For some kids, the number of subjects to complete may be more overwhelming than the actual amount of work. Look at these two sets of to do lists, to see what I mean:


Daily To do:
1. Math
2. Grammar
3. Art
4. Science
5. History
6. Reading
7. Typing
8. Spanish

M/W To do:
1. Math
2. Science
3. Spanish

T/Th To do:
1. Grammar
2. History
3. Reading

Fri To do:
1. Typing
2. Art
3. Review

I like the idea of doing electives on Friday for predictability.  I was always going to the wrong classes in High School because of the flip-flopping of days every week.  Having predictability is easier and more comfortable for some kids with special needs.  You can divvy up the week however works for you- maybe do only 4 doubled up days and a co-op day for example, but you get the idea!

Others still may just really deeply despise a certain subject.  If you can double up on math (as an example) doing it only 2-3 days a week, you will have a few extra peaceful days at home.  To have a few yuck free days, your child may understand the reason for doubling up and want to push on through.  I hate writing for example, so I'd rather have a few "enh" days to power through rather than anticipating dread each and every day.

If you meet resistance on those days, make sure you don't emphasize the idea that you are "doing double," but instead focus on, "We don't have to do any math tomorrow!"  You can split your math into chunks as well on math days.  Do one day's worth in the morning, and the next after lunch and a brain break. :)

If you have any tips to add about making a block schedule work for your family, please feel free to share in  the comments below!

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