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One teacher took away homework and gave kids their lives back instead.
By Tim Bedley
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I’m an elementary school teacher in Southern California. For 25 years, I have to admit that I was staunchly pro-homework, until one day I had a revelation. Here’s why I stopped giving my students homework, and my list of 250+ fun activities for kids to try instead.
A Teacher Who Doesn’t Believe in Homework
For 25 years I was pro-homework. I gave it to teach my students responsibility and good study habits. And it worked! At least it helped my students to reach higher levels of academic achievement…or so it seemed.
Meanwhile, my brother (also a teacher) had made homework optional. Students and parents alike both loved the concept. This got me thinking about homework, and whether it was even necessary all for elementary kids. I thought…if I gave no homework, I’d be giving them something even more beneficial. Here’s what I came to discover.
What Kids Get When You Take Away Homework
- More Free Time. When kids don’t have to spend hours on homework, they’re free to play and interact with their families and friends. For some kids, this means they got their life back.
- A Positive Attitude Toward School. I remember hating school because of all the homework. When kids first start school, they’re excited to learn. By the end of elementary school, they’re sick of school… and of learning. When I removed homework from my classroom, my students suddenly started liking school a lot more. And when we like something, they put more energy into it.
- Less Stress. We know kids are feeling more stressed than ever these days, and homework is one cause. Over my 30-year career I have had many parent conferences. Two topics have dominated these: behavior and homework. By eliminating homework, I eliminated much of the problem for kids and thereby eliminated much of their stress.
Generally, kids and parents both cheer when I announce my no-homework policy. But occasionally, parents will ask what their kids should do with all that free time. In response, I came up with this list of fun activities for kids.
250+ Fun Activities For Kids To Do Instead Of Homework
- Build a robot out of cardboard.
- Ride your bike.
- Plant a garden.
- Maintain your garden.
- Make a compost pile/bin.
- Make a water catch basin.
- Harvest your garden.
- Share your harvest with those in need.
- Make a fruit stand and sell your harvest.
- Organize a backyard carnival for the neighborhood kids.
- Play football.
- Play with action figures or dolls.
- Make a cardboard fort.
- Make a fort out of sofa cushions and blankets.
- Go for a hike.
- Read just for fun.
- Paint a picture.
- Paint something a new color.
- Organize your room.
- Organize your drawers.
- Pull weeds.
- Play baseball.
- Play video games.
- Watch a movie that was made before there were ratings.
- Make a movie.
- Write a song.
- Dance to music.
- Write a letter and mail it.
- Talk on the phone.
- Bury a treasure.
- Make a map to a buried treasure.
- Write a story.
- Write in a journal.
- Build something out of PVC pipes.
- Roll down a hill.
- Build a bike jump.
- Build a go-cart.
- Play a board game.
- Create a board game.
- Do your laundry.
- Clean the bathroom.
- Jump on the bed.
- Fly a kite.
- Make a kite.
- Build a model.
- Do a friend’s hair or nails.
- Plant a tree or bush.
- Trim a bush.
- Dig a hole.
- Water the plants.
- Pick fruit.
- Throw rocks.
- Climb a tree.
- Build a treehouse.
- Build an outdoor fort.
- Play with a pet.
- Teach your dog to do tricks.
- Pick up dog poop.
- Walk the dog.
- Help an elderly neighbor.
- Walk to the store.
- Take photos.
- Build with Legos, blocks, or Kinects.
- Make an electrical circuit.
- Make your bed.
- Make a list (favorite movies, friends names, bucket list, etc.).
- Play bowling with household items.
- Play bounce back with a tennis ball and brick wall.
- Shoot baskets.
- Throw a ball up and try to hit it.
- Mow the lawn.
- Wash the car.
- Vacuum the car.
- Vacuum the house.
- Learn a foreign language.
- See how many objects you can stack.
- Play darts.
- Play with pill bugs.
- Eat something healthy.
- Play jacks.
- Play marbles.
- Learn to juggle.
- Play ping-pong.
- Go on a swing.
- Build a swing.
- Play tennis.
- Play hula hoop.
- Play with a Kendama.
- Tell jokes.
- Oil something that squeaks.
- Take out the trash.
- Learn to throw a lasso.
- Play handball.
- Play kick the can.
- Race a friend.
- Go to church/temple etc.
- Play school.
- Play catch.
- Chase butterflies.
- Imagine what the clouds resemble.
- Play a musical instrument.
- Create a musical instrument.
- Create a play or musical.
- Create something using an App.
- Count your money.
- Play miniature golf.
- Learn to ride a bike without holding on.
- Play a computer game.
- Watch YouTube videos.
- Talk in strange voices.
- Play with water balloons.
- Throw a frisbee.
- Make funny faces.
- Run in the sprinklers.
- Go swimming.
- Go for a jog.
- Play with toy cars.
- Build a marble track.
- Make a waterfall.
- Play hide n seek.
- Play with an RC car.
- Make an RC car track.
- Build an obstacle course.
- Time yourself doing the obstacle course.
- Take something old apart (clock, radio, etc.).
- Sew something (pillow, clothes, etc.).
- Play with stuffed animals.
- Rearrange your room.
- Plan a trip.
- Play cards.
- Learn a card trick.
- Build a house of cards.
- Learn a magic trick.
- Create your own card game.
- Play dodgeball.
- Watch a documentary.
- Watch a sporting event on TV.
- Watch cars drive by.
- Play invisible ball catch.
- Play dress up.
- Do a puzzle.
- Decorate your mirror with dry erase markers.
- Paint a design on a rock.
- Fix something that’s broken.
- Ride a scooter.
- Play hockey.
- Pull something with your bike.
- Ride a plastic toy vehicle.
- Ride an electric toy vehicle.
- Create a tournament.
- Take a nap.
- Have a pillow fight.
- Do exercises (push-ups, sit-ups, squats, etc.).
- Organize trading cards.
- Trade trading cards.
- Play trading card games.
- Make up your own trading card game.
- Play soccer.
- Play kickball.
- Play with makeup.
- Play house.
- Wash the windows.
- Change a lightbulb.
- Play a game in the pool (Marco Polo).
- Play with pool noodles.
- Clean out the refrigerator.
- Play tic-tac-toe, five in a row, or dots.
- Play on a play set.
- Go to the park.
- Play swords.
- Climb a pole/rope.
- Read a book to a younger person.
- Crochet or knit.
- Do a needlepoint.
- Carve something out of wood/soap/potato.
- Build with clay/play dough.
- Play cops and robbers.
- Draw funny things on top of photos (mustaches, missing teeth, etc.).
- Make your face look funny with objects (spoon on nose, tape face, chopstick teeth, etc.) Take pictures.
- Learn strange human tricks (catch coins off elbow, etc.).
- Write secret messages.
- Start a charity.
- Go to the library.
- Listen to a podcast.
- Make recycle art.
- Paper wad trash basket toss.
- Research a topic that interests you.
- Drive nails.
- Decorate the ground with sidewalk chalk.
- Catch and release insects.
- Walk on something narrow and keep your balance.
- Make a cardboard arcade game.
- Play 20 questions.
- Lie on your bed.
- Play Pickle with two others.
- Make and fly paper airplanes.
- Make a pile of leaves and jump in it.
- Make a lemonade stand.
- Sweep the gutter.
- Blow bubbles.
- Lick donuts (Ariana Grande fans only.)
- Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
- Help serve food in a homeless shelter.
- Do a scavenger hunt (maybe even in the house!).
- Decorate a can or jar.
- Make a gift for someone. Wrap it.
- Create something with paper mache.
- Play with cornstarch & water.
- Go camping/picnicking in the backyard.
- Have a tea party.
- Make a flower arrangement from wild flowers or yard flowers.
- Visit an elderly relative.
- Start a collection.
- Organize a collection.
- Draw a picture of something around the house.
- Make a leaf pressing.
- Have an upside down or inside out party.
- Make up a chant or a cheer.
- Cut out paper dolls, snowflakes, etc.
- Do origami.
- Put snow in a sensory table and change the color with food coloring.
- Offer to help snow shovel your neighbor’s yard…especially if they are elderly.
- Melt ice with salt.
- Go sledding.
- Build an igloo.
- Go fishing.
- Float on a raft, inner tube, etc.
- Have a snowball fight.
- Play tug of war (even in the snow).
- Pin the nose on the snowman.
- Make mud pies and other mud fun.
- Start a business (pulling weeds, washing cars, babysitting, etc.).
- Learn to balance objects.
- Do cartwheels or other gymnastic moves.
- Fly a toy/RC plane.
- Frame some artwork.
- Bat around a balloon.
- Make a balloon powered car.
- Hold an egg drop contest (protective egg container).
- Play table football (with a paper triangle).
- Play table soccer (with 3 coins).
Other Ways To Replace Homework
Teachers, looking for other ways to replace homework with something more meaningful? Try the Let Grow Project ! Kids are sent home with one homework assignment: Do something on your own you’ve never done before. For example, they could cook dinner for the family, ride their bike to school. or take a walk in the woods. There are all sorts of fun activities for kids to try on their own for the first time. Kids, parents, and teachers all love how this program empowers kids with responsibility and independence!
At Let Grow, we believe in the power of unstructured free play, and that sometimes it’s okay to let kids be bored. But if you need a little help finding fun activities for kids to do, snag our free “I’m Bored” Kit . It offers over one hundred fun things to do, along with a Bingo game and colorful poster.
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About The Author
Tim has been teaching elementary school since 1988 and currently teaches a 2nd/3rd grade combo class in Southern California. His passions include educational technology, student engagement, and music education. Tim was recognized as the 2013 Riverside County Teacher of the Year. You can see more of Tim’s ideas on his YouTube channel "tbed63."
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5 alternatives to homework (that help teachers out, too)
Amanda Clark January 10, 2019
What a dilemma homework can be! When you mention it, you probably hear grumbles from the crowd. And let’s be honest, grading is also probably not your favorite task as a teacher. Maybe you assign a lot, maybe you assign a little, or perhaps you don’t believe in homework at all.
How about a compromise?
Some experts argue that working at home decreases motivation, but experts also agree that quality homework has benefits, too.
Did you know that there are many alternatives to homework that don’t require just filling in bubbles and worksheets? If you’re interested in finding some non-traditional homework that your students will be thrilled to complete, explore these sweet homework alternatives.
1. Get busy with projects
Research suggests that projects can increase students’ motivation and benefit learning outcomes . So why not allow students to work on projects at home?
Not only do projects appeal to students more than homework, but they also save teachers valuable prep time. When I integrated project-based learning into my curriculum, it relieved some significant stress (for them and for me).
I enjoyed telling students that their only homework was to continue their projects. Then I’d provide them a set due date for chunks of the task. So, yes, they still had to regulate their time and do independent work at home, and I had to keep tabs on them and guide them along the way. But they had more freedom to manage their time and exercise their creative muscles.
The projects also still require work on the teacher’s behalf. As you’re aware, you can’t just tell them to do their projects at home without clear expectations, or without grading. However, once you set the proper guidelines, you’ll open up some time for yourself to grade a stack of papers in the meantime.
You could also incorporate progress checks or have a specific project task that you check the next day. Students could even earn a homework grade for staying up to date with their projects. There are many ways you can integrate projects into your homework plan, but the above techniques have worked for me.
I highly recommend assigning projects for homework because they also influence the work ethic in class. How? Students would often buckle down on their project in class when it came time to work on it — because if they didn’t, they knew they’d have to complete more at home. Other kids even appeared to genuinely enjoy working on these assignments!
Ask yourself this: Would you rather work on a scrapbook that documents the Revolutionary War or complete a multiple-choice worksheet on the subject?
Projects for homework are simple assignments, but you do have to give the students some guidance and a timeline of expectations. Check out these five project-based learning ideas to get you started.
2. Assign educational video games
My students loved education video games, and I frequently assigned them for homework ( gasp! ).
My students enjoyed playing Spelling City to practice spelling and vocabulary, and Grammar Gorillas was another hit that hammered down the parts of speech.
Do you remember any educational video games from when you were growing up? I used to love an online geometry game that was based on billiards. Honestly, that game and the Pythagorean theorem are all I remember from geometry.
Classcraft is another educational video game-like platform that makes for excellent homework play. Students can go home and complete a quest, which is basically a curriculum-based task assigned by their teacher. The alluring graphics and avatars might make parents double-check their kids’ laptops, but just like Spelling City and Grammar Gorillas, this educational platform is legit.
3. Read what you love!
I live in Marion County, Florida, and the school system recently made headlines when superintendent Heidi Moore decided to cut traditional homework for the lower grades.
Instead of completing homework, students had to read a book of their choosing each night. This decision was based on research that there are few (if any) benefits to doing homework until the higher grades.
So why not assign 20 minutes or more of reading a night? When your students ask what they should read, tell them this is entirely up to them — and watch as their jaws drop! Odds are that more of them will read if you give them a choice as opposed to flinging them a dusty copy of Great Expectations . I still love that book, and assigned reading certainly has its place in the classroom — but so does student choice.
If you’re concerned about checking up on the reading, you have a few options: Have a parent sign a sheet to verify that their child read that night, or have the kids come in and write a paragraph about what they read the night before.
Could they cheat the system? Sure. But you might be surprised to find that students who are given a choice of what to read will actually follow through and do as you’ve asked. This makes sense since various studies have found that intrinsic motivation trumps extrinsic motivation.
As long as kids are reading, who cares if they’re busting out Captain Underpants or endless editions of Animorphs ? Reading is reading.
4. Learn some necessary, PRACTICAL life skills
When I was in graduate school for teaching, I took an educational trip to New Zealand . Why? It turns out this country has one of the top middle school philosophies in the world.
One of the lessons I took away was from a teacher who had an excellent (and innovative) homework idea. Students received what looked like a Bingo card, and it had random homework assignments on each square. Students had a month to complete all of the tasks. These squares didn’t include multiple-choice tests or hundreds of questions about Shakespeare, but rather life skill activities and project-based assignments.
Some tasks were to do the laundry, write poetry in the woods, interview an elder, and propose a sustainable invention.
It was a brilliant idea.
5. Take a legit break and play
One of my favorite homework assignments that I gave my students is to go out and play. Yep, you read that right. You might be scratching your head in wonder, but there are times when I firmly believe that students need a break.
I didn’t assign this every single night, obviously. However, I commonly assigned it at the end of each quarter when students had just finished midterms, big papers, projects, or other intensive work.
Like teachers, students need a break. You know the look — glassy, eyes, irritable temper, and tired expressions. Assigning them to write a paper on grammar at home was not going to benefit anyone. But telling them to go home and play gave them a spark in their eyes. It also encouraged them to come to school the next day ready and eager to learn again, with renewed energy.
Adults don’t function well on burnout, so why should we expect kids to?
And for younger students, the power of play is essential. Yet with increased standardized testing and after-school activities, kids don’t have a lot of time to play.
So that’s right — one alternative homework assignment is to get some air and take a breather. And this “assignment” isn’t just for the kids; it’s for you, too.
Perhaps you can go home and relax as well. Brain breaks are necessary for everyone — regardless of your age.
Why not give these homework alternatives a try?
Regardless of your school’s policy on homework (or your own), you might be able to find some ways to squeeze in these alternatives to traditional homework to keep everyone happy and learning.
You might feel that traditional homework assignments still have a valid place in your classroom, and you’re totally right! But maybe try implementing a different type of homework task here and there to keep things fresh.
So, give it a try see how it goes! You might be surprised by the positive outcomes.
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The best games to play while doing homework
Idle games, clickers, and management games all make for perfect study buddies.
You say you're just going to take a break from the school or work day to play "just one level" or "just one hour" of a favorite game. But before you know it, you've lost way more than just an hour.
Fortunately, not every game is designed to grab and hold your attention. These games won't keep you away from your homework—at least, not for long. These idle and management games are perfect to leave running in the background while you write a report or have up on your monitor while you hit the books. Even more handy, several of them are free!
Free | Management | Steam (opens in new tab) , Bethesda Launcher (opens in new tab)
Fallout Shelter puts you in the Overseer's chair to construct a vault room by room, organize expeditions into the Wasteland, and oversee the growth of your population. Vault dwellers have all the standard Fallout S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats, some of which make them better at producing resources like food and water and others that help them defend against rad roach and raider attacks.
Fallout Shelter is great for playing on the side while you work because it only requires a bit of attention every few minutes. In the early stages, you'll need to manually click on rooms that have finished producing food, water, and power to collect them. After completing a few achievements, you'll likely be able to earn a Mr. Handy unit, which will collect those resources automatically. Vaults do occasionally face emergencies like fires and deathclaw attacks, but the sirens are hard to ignore. If you've got your sound on or headphones in, you'll know when to look up and help your dwellers defend themselves.
When you really need a break, treat yourself to one of Fallout Shelter's quests, which are more hands-on than managing the vault. Most quests take a few hours for your dwellers to arrive at, but if you send them off early in the day, you'll be able to start one when you're ready and take a few minutes to guide them through several floors of enemies and loot.
Free | Clicker | Steam (opens in new tab) , Browser (opens in new tab)
Realm Grinder has as much theorycrafting as some MMOs I've played. If you want to get into that side of it, check out our Realm Grinder guide (opens in new tab) to get started and learn the lingo. There's plenty of number crunching if you want it, but don't let it scare you off. Like any clicker game, it's easy to get started. In Realm Grinder you start as the ruler in one of six factions each aligned with good or evil. The evil factions (goblins, demons, and undead) are most oriented towards an idle play style where you earn coins based on upgrades that you've bought instead of increasing the coins you earn per click.
Realm Grinder is a great studying game. Not only does it flex your arithmetic skills in calculating upgrades (if you want to get that deep) but it really doesn't require too much of your attention. The endgame for Realm Grinder can get pretty complex if you allow it, but if you just want to mess about and earn a few trophies, you don't need to read up on all the meta strats. The only danger is if you get too into it, you may end up doing speed runs instead of studying.
$2.99 USD | Clicker | Steam (opens in new tab)
Spaceplan has what few other clicker games do: an ending. A great ending, even. You're lost in space on a potato-powered ship and the only way to find your way back to Earth is to make lots and lots of potatoes. With the help of your onboard AI, a GladOS and HAL 9000 lovechild called the Word Outputter, you'll make starchy creations to power your potato ship as you hop planets and universes on your way back home.
Like most clicker games, you'll spend a bit of time getting set up but Spaceplan quickly becomes a self-propelled machine that generates joules of potato power. Oh, and make sure to turn on the "scientifically accurate mode" which displays your power in joules instead of watts. You were paying attention in physics, right?
Have your sound on while playing Spaceplan because the low-key space soundtrack by Logan Gabriel is absolutely stellar. It's still my go-to concentration music even years later. It will probably take you about a week of casual check-ins to complete and if you enjoy the soundtrack along the way you'll likely love the groovy, cinematic ending.
A Dark Room
Free | Management | Browser (opens in new tab)
A Dark Room almost defies explanation and demands to be played firsthand. You start off by a dwindling fire and your only option is to stoke it so you won't freeze to death. Before long you run out of wood and need to gather more. Next you wind up building a hut, and then another, attracting more wanderers to your small, budding village. You don't know why you're tending this fire in what seems to be the apocalypse, but you keep taking care of your people, assigning them jobs, and building the village's resources. The story is sparse and vague, but I've been playing for weeks just to see what new vagabonds I can attract and technologies I can find.
Eventually, A Dark Room opens up after you obtain a compass and can leave the small village you've constructed. Like Fallout Shelter, you can go on expeditions in a Dwarf Fortress-like ascii art environment. Venturing further from the village, killing monsters, and finding new resources like iron mines and abandoned suburbs leads to further progress. After finding the right spread of villagers per job to stabilize the resources of wood, meat, and other necessities, it's easy to leave A Dark Room running for hours and come back later to investigate what new mysteries await.
Free | Clicker | Browser (opens in new tab)
Cookie Clicker is THE classic clicker game. It's still a browser game to this day even though it has developed a lot of pizzazz since 2013. There are animations and screen effects and lots of display options. At its heart though, Cookie Clicker is just about making cookies with milk. You recruit sweet grandmas, build cookie farms, cookie mines, and temples of cookie production.
The first upgrade you can spend cookies on is an automated clicker that does the cookie clicking for you, meaning you can go hands-off very quickly. Although Cookie Clicker has some of the same deep strategy elements as Realm Grinder by storing progress across multiple runs, it isn't nearly as intense. You can pull up Cookie Clicker in a browser while you write a paper and check in on it whenever you remember.
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November 8, 2010 / 8 Comments
15 things kids can do instead of homework
If you are a parent (or a teacher who wants to give a recommendation to an interested parent), and you believe the arguments against homework (see my previous post: 25 Myths of Homework ) then you might be asking yourself now, okay so my kid isn’t doing homework: what else should they do instead? These are some suggestions although I highly recommend doing these activities with your child and giving them as much choice in the activity as you can. I also recommend that you approach these suggestions from a perspective of balance rather than a list of "things I must do with my child every night." Claw back the time you spend on homework so you can spend more time with your children or so that children can have more time to self-direct themselves. Obviously there are lots of other things you can do…
Here’s an example of my son learning how to ride a bicycle. Tell me this isn’t more valuable than any homework assignment he could be given.
Kids need to learn how to cook somehow. I’m so glad my mom taught me how to cook. I will admit that I forgot this skill when I hit adolescence because it was no longer cool, but when I became a bachelor and now that I am married, this is a very valuable skill.
Whether this means a local farm, a full sized zoo, or even just a walk in the right section of the woods, it is important that our kids learn about animals from first hand experience.
Kids need play time. Nuff said.
While I’ll admit this isn’t a daily or even weekly activity for us, it is an awesome opportunity for our son to see a completely different part of the world than his everyday experience.
This could be something as simple as some pillows from the couch propped together, or when your kids are a bit older they can work with you and build something more permanent. If you build something outside, it’s also a great opportunity for your kid’s friends to come over and help out!
Music is enriching part of our lives and is unfortunately being cut from many schools as budgets are being slashed during the economic recession. Fortunately you can always learn how to play an instrument, and I would recommend learning an instrument at the same time as your kid.
I’m lucky enough to live in a cooperative housing complex in Vancouver which according to my wife is set up much differently than a co-op in the USA. I don’t know about co-ops elsewhere in the world, but one of the huge benefits of our "community mandated time" is that we know our neighbours in the building. We have five potential babysitters in our building alone and lots of kids with whom our son can play.
Our own parents are an excellent source of fun and enjoyment for our kids. They can share some of their ideas, and explain how the world used to be, or they can just have fun.
According to relatively recent research , less than 50% of all parents read to their children regularly before the age of 5. This hopefully has nothing to do with the amount of homework they are receiving, but does set them up for future success in literacy. It is also a fun thing to do! We find it is a great way to calm our son down for a bit and get him to sit still because he loves stories.
You may not have a backyard or a garden yourself, but most cities and towns do have community gardens. There are also opportunities to volunteer in a garden in most cities.
This one I think is obvious and the benefits of creating artwork are awesome. At the very least it can be a really welcome gift for your relatives.
Science is fun! You can find lots of websites which will give you simple experiments you can do at home. Here’s part of a video I taped of my son and I learning about reasons why things float or sink.
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Janet Wees says:
Play dress up using various hats to be various characters, or other clothing. Hats are good to make a statement. Write a book. Make a giant scribble on drawing paper and color in the spaces with different colors. Look at everything around the house and yard with an octoscope. Dance to ABBA. Make up funny songs. Do something nice for people from making them something or giving them something – instill the sense of charity early – older kids can work with you at the food bank. Write a letter to someone and mail it in a mailbox. Or make fridge art if you are not writing yet. (Hint, hint!) Go to the library.
November 9, 2010 — 12:22 am
Sometimes we write together as a family. Each person grabs a notebook and pencil, and we scatter throughout the house, working each on our own, but knowing that our home is full of everyone writing. One person may write a poem, another may work on a long story, another an article. After 30-40 minutes pass, we come back together in the living room, and anyone who would like to share reads aloud. It is beautiful to see the encouragement and excitement about the different projects, and such independent work also builds a sense that writing can help us understand our lives and give us joy! Through these writing times, my husband and I have come to know things about our children we might not have learned otherwise, and they expand their writing interests and possibilities beyond the assignments given to them in school.
December 7, 2010 — 12:07 pm
What you suggest is applicable to all students. I can only imagine the benefits to our society if we did half of your suggestions with teenaged students!
January 1, 2011 — 11:11 am
Great ideas. My daughter loves to help me cook. I also use it as a hands-on way to practice fractions — I try to use as few spoons or cups as possible and add them up to the required measurements.
September 4, 2011 — 7:56 am
I just love this post! I enjoyed the pictures. As a mother of 5 boys, I realized that spending time with my kids is not just playing with them but also teaching them while having fun. Kids like to learn new things.
October 10, 2011 — 2:13 am
Hi there! When I saw your site I was really cute looking all the good time you shared with your boy. Well I have also a kid and she is a girl. We make sure that we do always have a quality time for her. We usually do role playing co’z she loves acting.And she is really an artist co’z she will cry if I am going to pretend dead.lol..
March 2, 2012 — 8:18 am
Peter L.Griffiths says:
On the whole hobbies are badly neglected in our schools. This does give an opportunity in the homes which are substantially covered in the previous comments. I would emphasise wood-work, photography, musical instruments (with the consent of the neighbours), gardening, looking after animals, sewing and dress making for girls (possibly tailoring or even knitting for boys). Some of these activities may require experienced teachers which our educational institutions are failing to provide, or even encourage.
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For better or worse, after a two-week pause on returning back to campus, UC Berkeley is officially back to in-person instruction! Other than an inevitable spike in COVID cases, you know what that means: lecture halls filled with computer screens lit up by the latest “Euphoria” episode, or students playing Fireboy and Watergirl instead of taking lecture notes. Though the mature decision might be to eliminate all distractions and stick to pen-and-paper notes, I say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Here’s the Clog’s official list of slightly useless but fun things to do when you need a break from doing your homework or just want to procrastinate.
Wordle is a word puzzle game that has quickly risen to fame. The objective is sweet and simple: Guess a singular five-letter word. However, there’s a catch: You only have six tries to do it. Though originally created in Britain, Wordle is now playable in any language and has been steadily gaining recognition worldwide, even receiving notice from The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal. However, while Wordle is arguably an exquisite game, it does have one flaw: there’s only one Wordle per day, so once you finish your daily puzzle you’re going to have to wait 24 hours for your next game. But don’t get too upset! There’s still a bunch of different Wordle variations and clone websites that you can play while you wait, such as Taylordle (guessing Taylor Swift-related words for all the Swifties out there), Sweardle (for guessing swear words) and Letterle (guessing a singular letter instead of a word. Is it stupid? Yes. Is it fun nonetheless? Also yes.)
Ah, the good old-fashioned word search. This word search website gives you anywhere from 35 to 55 unique words to find and keeps track of how long it takes you to find all the words. You can take your time and solve it by yourself, or make it competitive and race your friend to see who can finish the puzzle the fastest. If someone asks you what you’re doing, you’re technically strengthening your vocabulary for English class, right?
Go “Queen’s Gambit” mode and become the next Beth Harmon with chess.com. This website has online computers, chess puzzles and tactics, the opportunity to battle random opponents across the world and the option to play with friends online. Yes, you’re technically procrastinating, but you can feel productive and smart while you do it. Also, chess is technically a sport, so you can even say you’re being athletic.
BoredButton, possibly the most useless website out of all of these, is quite literally a website with a single red button that you can press when you’re bored. The button shuffles between a bunch of extremely random minigames, from discovering what random famous people accomplished at your exact age (apparently, 51 days from now, I’ll be the exact age Kendall Jenner was when People magazine proclaimed her one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world), to lists of the quirkiest gag gifts (anything from cat butt tissue holders to sock suspenders), to Flappy 2048.
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Teen secretly playing video games when should be doing homework [closed]
If a son of about 14 years old, using his laptop to do schoolwork, secretly plays video games instead, should it be the parent's responsibility to find this out and stop him?
If the son finds it hard to resist playing video games when he should be doing homework, how (without getting in too much trouble!) can he talk to his parents about this issue and get help from his parents in developing the self-discipline he needs to get his schoolwork done?
- 4 You have a son while being only 14 yourself? Or is it that you want us to enumerate ways you could be caught? (If so, you might want to try Superuser.com.) – sbi Feb 1, 2015 at 0:12
- 3 You have another recent question about preventing parental divorce, so I'm as confused as @sbi – Acire Feb 1, 2015 at 2:19
- 4 @Erica in light of the previous question, I half suspect Bob is trying to covertly fish for advice in how to subvert parental controls. – Dan Is Fiddling By Firelight Feb 1, 2015 at 3:25
- 4 I've heavily edited the question to make it more suitable for this site and to bring out what I think is the subtext. Revert if not happy. ;) – A E Feb 1, 2015 at 10:40
- 4 Is it common that the OP also votes to close the question as "unclear what's being asked" ? – woliveirajr Feb 2, 2015 at 12:49
There is research on the benefits of gaming , and the parents should read it. If the child doesn't know about it, he can do some research and supply it to the parents.
If the son can calmly and politely explain his reasoning for wanting to play games, and demonstrate that he's done the research into why gaming can be good, then he may change his parents' minds.
If the parents allow their child to openly play video games, for a limited time, then they'd likely be eliminating their son's need for subversive behavior. Since he'd be allowed access to his laptop at times other than when doing homework, he'd be able to play without cutting into his homework time.
One of the import things the son will have to do as part of this discussion is show that he can get his homework done without it being an issue. If he's currently having trouble getting his homework done, his parents aren't likely going to "reward" him with video games. He needs to demonstrate a level of maturity that shows he's willing to work for the things he wants .
A great way to get homework done is to specifically schedule time in your day to work on your homework. Work somewhere that's as free of distractions as you can, and plan on doing homework.
While working on homework, break it up into manageable sections. You don't have to do everything in one straight block. Pick a goal that will take 15-20 minutes. Once you've finished that goal, take break: read some Facebook or Twitter, get up and walk, get a drink, watch a short YouTube video, whatever you're allowed to do. Then, after a couple minutes, get back to the homework and set another short goal.
- 1 Allow me to compliment you to answering this question the way you did. +1 from me for answering the real question behind what was asked. – sbi Feb 2, 2015 at 16:10
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Playing video games may mean spending less time reading or doing homework, according to new research on video games and children.
That news appears in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine .
Data came from diaries completed by nearly 1,500 U.S. kids and teens aged 10 to 19 during the 2002-2003 school year.
In the diaries, participants accounted for how they spent their time. They kept the diaries twice, once on a randomly chosen weekday and once on a randomly chosen Saturday or Sunday.
More than a third of the group — 36 percent — reported playing video games. Most of the video game players — 80 percent — were boys.
"Compared with nongamers, adolescent gamers spent 30 percent less time reading and 34 percent less time doing homework," write researchers Hope Cummings, MA, and Elizabeth Vandewater, PhD.
Cummings works in the University of Michigan's department of communications studies. Vandewater works for the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Research on Interactive Technology, Television, and Children.
Time Playing Video Games Gamers played video games for an hour on the weekdays and 1.5 hours on weekend days on average.
Boys tended to spend more time than girls playing video games.
"Female gamers spent an average of 44 minutes playing on the weekdays and one hour and four minutes playing on the weekends," write the researchers. "Male gamers spent an average of 58 minutes playing on the weekdays and one hour and 37 minutes playing on the weekends."
Effect of Video Games on Kids' Time The study shows that gamers and nongamers spend a similar amount of time with their parents and friends. But schoolwork was another story.
"Although gamers and nongamers did not differ in the amount of time they spent interacting with family and friends, concerns regarding gamers' neglect of school responsibilities (reading and homework) are warranted," write Cummings and Vandewater.
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Working from home for close to a year now has brought this question to my mind: Are kids playing video games now more than ever because of the pandemic? I’m brining up this idea because of my neighbor’s son, who is constantly playing video games whenever I’m working in my home office. In fact, I can hear him chatting with his friends on a daily basis — as well as yelling whenever he dies in a battle.
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Door/motions sensors in rooms, smart plugs that can tell if a console is turned on, hardware firewalls that block gaming services, reward good behavior.
Schools around my area plan to offer a hybrid strategy , where students have in-school sessions paired with virtual learning. At the moment, however, it seems like he’s home more than at school. Even though I don’t have children, it made me wonder how working parents, especially who that don’t have the option to work from home, can ensure that their children are doing their homework and not playing video games.
Since I’ve spent a great deal of time covering the smart home, I know a few ways that smart home tech can help tackle and remedy the issue. At the same time, I asked some friends for solutions they employ to make sure their kids are getting their schoolwork done and not playing video games when they’re not there.
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When it comes to keeping homes safe, security cameras are useful deterrents that can prevent crime and keep those inside the home protected. However, there’s a level of precaution that needs to be kept in mind if you plan on using one to keep tabs on your kids at home . Some parents, quite frankly, don’t feel comfortable at all with a camera recording a wide area where children are present.
Privacy is always a constant concern , so it’s a better idea to have a security camera pointed in the direction of the television, or the area where video game consoles are kept. This not only helps to maintain a level of privacy because its view is isolated to a certain spot, but still enables you to determine if someone is playing video games when they’re supposed to be doing homework. You’ll want to decrease the sensitivity of its motion detection to ensure the slightest movement isn’t detected and recorded.
Do you prefer something that’s not as obtrusive? Another idea worth looking into is using door and motion sensors in rooms where consoles are stored. For open rooms such as the living room and family room, motion sensors can be anchored above entertainment centers and cabinets where those video game consoles are stored — so whenever someone comes close, you can get a notification about it.
But what if the console is inside your kids’ room? Well, that’s when a door sensor would be more ideal. If the video game console is stored on a shelf or in a cabinet, you can place a door sensor on it, so it can detect whenever it’s opened. This solution maintains your kids’ privacy, while still giving parents a clue if consoles are being accessed during school hours.
Smart plugs are handy for many reasons, but in situations where parents are keeping an eye on their kids’ gaming usage, some can show you when they’ve been turned on. For example, the Eve Energy Strip can not only be remotely turned on and off, but it also tracks power consumption with each of its outlets, allowing parents to tell what time of the day a video game console is drawing power.
There are also scheduling options that enable users to set a time and date when a particular outlet can be active, so this is a wonderful tool that can be automated.
While the other solutions are more obvious, this next one is actually something that doesn’t receive as much attention. Parents have more control than ever before in regard to the internet, which is why using your router’s firewall controls is a good way to curb video game play during school/homework hours.
Modern routers such as the Eero 6 and Google Nest Wi-Fi have the ability to block gaming services, rendering those consoles useless when it comes to online play. Yes, they’re still able to play locally by themselves, but it’s a solution worth adding to your arsenal. And if you rent a modem gateway or router from your internet service provider, chances are that it offers some firewall options as well to block gaming services.
I’m not saying that kids should be prevented from playing video games during school days. I actually feel the opposite. Just like anything in life, video gaming should be done in moderation, which is why I feel that dishing out some playing time should be treated as a reward. If they’re doing well and properly focusing on homework, then what’s the hurt in rewarding them with some video game time? It’s a wonderful way to build trust, too.
Then again, there are kids who want to stay one step ahead of their parents — I was one of them! That’s why parents need to ensure that parental controls are at the very least activated on their gaming consoles (and their smartphones, too ). I can’t stress this enough, it’s crucial. It’s the first barrier that will prevent them from playing. Combine that with any of the solutions I’ve detailed above, or perhaps use a combination of them, to stay one step ahead of your kids.
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GameCube classic Metroid Prime is already considered one of the best games of all time by many people. As such, it’s no surprise that a Nintendo Switch remaster that adds dual analog supports and makes the game look even better is one of the best releases of the month. Metroid Prime Remastered even got a surprise launch during a Nintendo Direct, adding even more excitement to its release ahead of a physical release on February 22. “While it might have been tempting to give the original a Dead Space-type remake treatment, the GameCube title didn’t need modifying,” Colantonio wrote about the game. “Instead, the remaster does some quiet technical work to remind players why Samus’ first 3D outing is still an unparalleled adventure two decades later.” This refurbished version of a GameCube game has no glaring technical shortcomings. If you enjoy beautifully crafted sci-fi worlds and excellent game soundtracks, and want to experience one of the best-looking Switch games, we recommend picking this remaster up. Metroid Prime Remastered is available now exclusively for Nintendo Switch. Wild Hearts
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5 ways to end the homework battle for good
By Alison Masemann
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F or the past two hours, you’ve been sitting with your kid, speaking only in soothing tones (while contemplating what bribes might work), desperately hoping he’ll miraculously plow through three more pages of math problems without another meltdown. Or perhaps you’ve just received yet another email from the teacher, who’s sorry to have to get in touch again, but your son has forgotten to hand in the reading response due last Friday. Or maybe you’re still hunched over in the basement, well past bedtime, as you and your daughter painstakingly construct a model of a Mohawk longhouse, one toothpick at a time.
Unless you happen to be blessed with a hyper-organized, methodical, consistently motivated kid (we’re not jealous at all), you are keenly familiar with the pain and frustration of homework. Is there any way to sidestep all the drama?
“Figure out what makes them tick,” says Ruth Rumack, a former teacher and founder of Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space , an academic support centre in Toronto. Does your kid leave things to the last minute or have a hard time keeping track of assignments? Your kid’s personality, temperament and learning style are huge factors in how she deals with homework and how you deal with her. “If you can identify the roadblock for your child,” Rumack says, “you have a better chance of setting up a situation that creates success.”
Here, a cheatsheet on the most common “homework personalities” that crop up in kids and how to handle each one of them.
1. The p rocrastinator
Your child has known about the solar system project for three weeks now. But so far there’s only a half-painted Styrofoam sun abandoned in the basement. As parents, we know all too well the temptation to put work off, and it’s no different for many kids.
The first thing to investigate is whether your child understands the material or is struggling with a learning exceptionality. Once those are ruled out, it’s good to remember that kids are going to find pretty much everything vastly more interesting than homework. And, as registered psychologist and parenting educator Vanessa Lapointe explains, one of the parts of the brain that helps manage self-control doesn’t necessarily become functional until the child is well into elementary school, sometimes as late as age 12. So the urge to organize Pokémon cards will win out, and the understanding that science homework needs to be done will completely disappear.
On top of that, most kids don’t yet have a clear concept of how long a task takes. “Why should I start gluing this longhouse now? It won’t take that long!” (Which is how you find yourself huddled in the basement at 10:30 p.m., nowhere near finished.)
What to do: Insist the fun stuff can’t happen until the homework is completed. Royan Lee, a Toronto-area teacher and father of three , takes a strict approach. “All of our kids have a to-do list they must accomplish every day,” he says. “Things like playing video games cannot be done until homework is clearly done.” It also helps to break the work down into manageable parts. So if your kid has five pages of addition due next week, have him tackle one page a day.
Tech Support: Create to-do lists and sync them with your own schedule using digital calendars and reminder apps (like Google Calendar). Any “to do” items that don’t get done, can automatically get shifted to the next day. Or set a timer on your phone to prevent your kid from getting overwhelmed. (“Let’s see how much you can get done in the next 10 minutes!”)
2. The perfectionist
Beyond the pull of Pokémon, there may a deeper reason your kid is putting off homework. If he can’t bear the thought of not doing it perfectly , he just won’t do it.
Kids who are sensitive or who are identified as gifted are especially prone to perfectionism, Lapointe says. The parents she sees at her practice in Vancouver often tell her they know their kids are capable of the work, but as she says, “they don’t want to venture into that vulnerable state of doing homework.” Perfectionists, she adds, see it as “an opportunity for someone to shine a spotlight on the fact that they have no idea what they’re doing or feel that what they’re doing is not living up to their ideal.” Sometimes they’ll start a project many times—they keep rejecting their own ideas, hoping the next one will be perfect.
What to do: Overcoming perfectionism is anything but easy. In fact, your kid may always have anxiety around getting things right, and it might take longer for her to get through work than you might expect.
Try to keep the focus on process rather than outcome. As Lapointe says, “the learn ing journey should be about how to approach this, how we problem solve.” For instance, instead of asking what mark he got, she suggests parents say, “Did you try your hardest? Then whatever happens now is not important.”
To ensure your kid doesn’t get stuck, say, at the brainstorming stage, Rumack recommends placing time limits on tasks. Or if your child can’t abide the idea of spelling anything incorrectly, a “spelling doesn’t count” rule—not worrying about or fixing spelling until the task is done—is worth trying; it can also help them avoid the perfectionist tendency to play it safe for fear of getting something wrong.
Tech Support: Dictation tools, such as Google Voice Typing or built-in Mac transcription, can help kids get ideas down without having to worry about spelling or penmanship, which can hold many perfectionists back.
3. The speed demon
With some kids, the faster they can get their homework done, the better. They’ll come home, whip out the assignment sheet, write a few rudimentary sentences and then holler, “Done!” They might feel that it’s silly to write about a book they’ve already read and they want to spend as little time as possible rehashing it. Those two-digit multiplication problems were a piece of cake in class—why do a whole extra page of them at home? They have better things to do.
What to do: Going over homework with your kids and double-checking that it’s up to snuff can help them understand why it’s important to be thorough, Lapointe says. For written work, Rumack has her tutors use the COPS checklist: Kids review their work and look for capitalization, order and organization, punctuation and spelling. You can also create checklists based on the criteria set out in the assignment sheet to help break tasks down.
Tech Support: Rumack recommends using tablet apps or software that encourage preplanning of written work, such as Google Drawings or Inspiration. If it’s the process of writing ideas out that your child finds arduous, dictation software can help record ideas as quickly as they are produced.
4. The rebel
Maybe your kid is starting to see the world with a more critical eye, or maybe she has other interests that fall outside what’s being delivered in the school curriculum. In any case, she just doesn’t see the point of that geometry worksheet and has absolutely no interest in exploring the history of French-Canadian folk music. Rebels will second-guess and question the purpose of almost everything.
This, of course, can be a good trait. As Lee says, there’s more and more evidence that in the future the recipe for adult success will be about “divergent thinking, creative thinking, thinking outside the box and not waiting for someone to tell you what to do.” But if this attitude is starting to become problematic for the teacher and marks are suffering, it might be time to go back to basics.
What to do: Keep the emphasis on learning . Help your kids discover what new ideas, concepts or skills they can master. See if there’s a way to draw connections between their passions and the work they’re doing at school. If, for instance, you can persuade them that learning about area, perimeter and volume might help them design and build their own Millennium Falcon, you may make some progress.
Resist the urge, however, to offer rewards or bribes, says Lapointe. Even if you’re just rewarding effort, it sets up a bad dynamic in which the kid’s goal—whether it’s ice cream or more screentime—becomes the prize, not the learning experience. But as Lee says, sometimes it comes down to this message: “Whatever homework you’re getting, you just need to get it done, you don’t necessarily have to put your heart and soul into it.”
Tech Support: The novelty of a tech device or app can jump-start a rebel’s interest. Motivational tools like digital timers can help get them into the groove of sitting down and working. And if your child is particularly resistant to reading, Rumack finds audiobooks can be quite helpful, although she strongly recommends that a physical copy of the book remain part of the reading process, too.
5. The forgetter
Did he write in his agenda today? “Oh no, I forgot.” When is the diorama project due? “I can’t remember.” Where did he put that assignment sheet for the family tree project? “I don’t know.”
Part of our role as parents is to help kids develop organizational skills , Lapointe says, but with some kids, that’s going to require a lot of monitoring, reminding and cajoling. “For many children, remembering and organization simply are ‘can’t dos’ rather than ‘won’t dos,’ because of immaturity,” she says.
What to do: Start out with a lot of structure, repetition and reminders. At first, don’t rely on your child to drive the process, as she may not yet have the skills or the maturity to deal with the consequences of her actions. Help her develop good habits by attaching a tag to her backpack with a list of everything she needs to remember to bring home and by checking her agenda together at the end of the day. Once her organizational skills begin to develop, it’s important to back off, Lapointe says, so that you’re not just perpetuating a situation in which the child is depending on you to remember everything for her. (You don’t want to end up being your kid’s permanent personal assistant.)
Tech Support: Many tech tools are tailor-made for the forgetter. If the school allows devices in the classroom, taking a picture of the homework board can help students who have a hard time using a physical agenda. The same goes for assignment sheets: A digital photo is much harder to lose than a crumpled piece of paper in the bottom of a backpack. Digital calendars, where parents and kids can sync reminders, can also be invaluable.
Make it a habit
As parents, we quickly learn that no matter what the parenting challenge, one of our most effective tools is helping kids develop a routine. That applies to homework, too. Experts recommend kids sit down at the same time, in the same place every evening so that starting homework becomes as automatic as putting on a seat belt.
When to back off
There’s no doubt kids benefit when you get involved in monitoring homework and help them establish good habits. But you don’t want to get over-involved. If you help too much, you might be masking a larger problem. As teacher Royan Lee says, if a child is assigned work she just doesn’t have the skills, knowledge or understanding to complete, there’s really no value in having a parent fill in the blanks. After all, kids learn the most when they themselves figure out how to overcome hurdles. And teachers need to know when a child is having trouble with the work or just isn’t developmentally ready to tackle it. Parenting educator Vanessa Lapointe says parents need to consider when to rescue their children and when to let them fail. If you believe your child has the maturity and the tools to deal with failure, sometimes the decision not to intervene might be the right one, and once in a while a reprimand from a teacher might go way further than more nagging from you. The message that occasionally we need to back off can be a difficult one for some parents to hear. Lee’s advice? “Teachers assign homework because we want students to practise something. We know not everyone’s going to get it done.” And remember, if your child is struggling every night to complete assignments, it could be that either her homework is too difficult or she’s getting too much. That’s definitely the right time to talk to the teacher about what’s going on.
This article was originally published online in August 2016.
Playing Video Games Instead of Doing Homework
Decades ago sitting for hours in front of a TV or laptop playing games alone or with others would have seemed strange. But when you look around today, it’s never far-fetched.
The development of technology has made so many things possible, and while we enjoy most of them, the video game aspect can drive you crazy as parents.
If your child seems obsessed with playing video games over homework and maybe other areas of his/her life, don’t panic. In fact, the don’ts in this situation include not panicking, not responding with threats, or nagging.
We are about to walk you through why kids get obsessed with video games, why this may be a problem, and how to handle it.
The funny thing is you might start out answering each question with elaborate answers and enthusiasm but as they go on and on with no sign of stopping your response can go from few words to shutting down the line of questioning.
It’s exhausting and also one of the most beautiful things about being a parent and watching your child grow.
How often have you solved a problem without knowing its source or the reason for it? Knowing why your child is playing video games at an addictive level can help you handle it effectively.
Your child may play video games so much to escape the difficulty of his/her schoolwork. In this situation, your child has likely found himself trying and failing to achieve good grades or understand what is being taught. This feeling of inadequacy can lead them to turn to video games where they feel a sense of achievement.
Problems with social interactions can also give a child anxiety or cause them to withdraw into gaming as an escape.
Not all of these whys are bad. Your child’s gaming obsession could be a passion. A genuine interest in gaming and how it works may indicate that he would like to pursue a career in the industry later in life.
Also, playing video games instead of doing homework could be your typical teenage behavior/rebellion kicking in.
The important thing is not to assume your child’s reason for engaging tirelessly in video games. Try to have a conversation to discuss this or look out for signs and clues to help you.
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What’s Really Wrong With Playing Video Games
Don’t get us wrong, video games are great. When approached correctly, video games offer important benefits for kids such as:
- Improving coordination
- Enhancing memory
- Improving problem-solving skills
- Enhancing multi-tasking skills
- Improving social skills
However, when it’s overdone, playing games and neglecting important activities like schoolwork can have the following bad effects;
- Sleep deprivation in kids which affects learning and attention
- Health problems due to lack of exercise
- Constant obsessive thinking of playing the game
- Social isolation
- Developing dishonesty
- Depression and irritability
Learn the 3 steps
To help your child, catch up in school, 12 week program updated february 7, 2023, tap and help your child get above grade level, how to handle your child's video game obsession.
1. Understand that kids must be kids, and video games are fun
The hard truth. Yes, video games are fun and kids are not the only ones at risk of being addicted to it. But kids do love to play and in a time where outdoor play has almost been replaced by games and technology, you can hardly expect less. Understanding this is the first step to correcting your approach to the situation.
2. Work on the reason
If you’ve identified why your child is playing video games and ignoring homework, then you start there. For a child having difficulty with schoolwork, you can get additional help from a tutor. Watch the results and if your child is doing better with his education to know if you’ve made the right choice of tutors.
For a lack of social interaction, encourage your child to meet and play with other kids. Plan visits to friends or places were other kids his age play.
3. Decide how much time is enough time
Rules, rules, rules! When it comes to kids, it’s important to have ground rules. Set a time in which your child is allowed to play video games. This could be on the weekends or a few hours on certain days. There should be consequences for breaking the rules and rewards for keeping them.
Finally, introduce your child to other fun activities like sports, biking, playing an instrument, or reading. Find a platform where education can be fun and simple for your child.
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Study: Kids Who Game Spend Less Time on Homework
Researchers sampled nearly 1,500 kids aged 10 to 19 and had them keep diaries of how they spent their time. The gamers spent 30% less time reading and 34% less time doing homework, but did have plenty of time to socialize with their friends, so perhaps that "loner in the dark basement" stereotype might finally fade away.
Far more boys played games than girls (80% versus 20%), but both genders played for about the same amount of time: an hour a night on weekdays and an hour and a half on weekends. The researchers conclude that gaming won't make your social outcast, but it might end up affecting their report card:
Although gamers and nongamers did not differ in the amount of time they spent interacting with family and friends, concerns regarding gamers' neglect of school responsibilities (reading and homework) are warranted.
An hour a night doesn't sound so bad to me. Parents? Does that seem reasonable or excessive?
Video games take away from homework time, U-M study says [Detroit Free Press]
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These Are the Best Video Games to Play While Doing Homework
Do video games and homework go together? Various studies have suggested that gamers spend less time on their homework than those who don’t indulge, and might perform worse on standardized reading and writing tests. Other studies, in contrast, show no evidence of reduced scholastic achievement among gamers.
Whatever their effects may be, video games are a part of student life today, and taking a break from studies at home to play for “just one hour” or “just one level” is commonplace — though often those levels and hours somehow seem to expand.
PC Gamer, which styles itself “the global authority on PC games,” has just published its recommendations for games that won’t keep anyone away from their homework — at least not for long.
“These idle and management games,” writes game designer Lauren Morton on the site, “are perfect to leave running in the background while you write a report or have up on your monitor while you hit the books.” Four of the five games she lists are free (A Dark Room is the exception, at $2.99). Free games might be a factor why this one famous video games retailer is falling apart .
The games Morton recommends are:
Fallout Shelter, “great for playing on the side…because it only requires a bit of attention every few minutes.”
Realm Grinder, “a great studying game” that will “flex your arithmetic skills” but “doesnt really require too much of your attention.”
Spaceplan, a clicker game that takes some time to set up, but then requires only casual check-ins — and that, incidentally, has a “low-key space soundtrack by Logan Gabriel [that] is absolutely stellar.”
A Dark Room, a game which “almost defies explanation,” but that you can ultimately “leave…running for hours and come back later to investigate….”
Cookie Clicker, “THE classic clicker game,” which can be upgraded so that an automatic clicker does all the work. “You can pull up Cookie Clicker in a browser while you write a paper,” says Morton, “and check in on it whenever you remember.”
The homework-friendly video games are not necessarily the most popular. While fans continue to seek out the newest games, the best-selling games in history continue to be those that are all-around outstanding — these are the most popular video games of all time .
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Because the 11 seeds that are in the Play-In are the worst of the At Large Bids. The 12 seeds and all the way up to 16 seeds won there conference tournaments.
All conference champions get an auto bid. Autobids of lower ranked conference champions generally chew up position 12-16. Therefore, 11 IS the bottom of the teams fighting for at-large invitations. (The bubble).
Creation of new conferences years ago created an uneven number of autobids. So they expanded.
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The 11 seeds playing in are the last at-large bids who didn’t win their conference. The 12-16 seeds are the teams from the lower conferences who won their conference tournaments to receive an automatic bid. So these 11 seeds are considered the worst of the at-large bids. By having two 11 seed and two 16 seed play-in games, it basically allows 4 more teams to have at-large bids than before. That’s my understanding at least
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Homework games are a fun alternative to traditional homework. Kids and parents love them! Grab this doubles homework game designed to help your kids consolidate the doubles mental math strategy. To play, kids flip a coin and move their game marker. Answers are recorded along the way helping your students learn their doubles facts. "I have ...
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The games Morton recommends are: Fallout Shelter, "great for playing on the side…because it only requires a bit of attention every few minutes.". Realm Grinder, "a great studying game ...
If they are "good enough" to be the 11, and they lose, they are removed instead of starting as the 12 seed. Using that rationale it makes sense for the 16- why not have it for all 4 16 spots? What am I missing? Because the 11 seeds that are in the Play-In are the worst of the At Large Bids. The 12 seeds and all the way up to 16 seeds won ...