The Benefits Of Homework Games For Children: Tips For Parents

The thought of homework and games isn’t a natural coupling for many parents. Especially those that grew up back in the days of corporal punishment, when schools had more of an institutional feel about them. Nowadays, the majority of schools are fun, innovative places to be where the focus is very much on your child’s pastoral well-being as well as their learning. With the many major advances in technology that we have seen of late, a lot of schools are now embracing this and proactively looking for ways of combining technology with learning.

So, how can parents learn to go with the flow without seeming like a crusty old dinosaur?

First of all the key thing to remember is that there are many benefits:

It is fun

“But it isn’t meant to be fun!” I hear you squeal. Maybe back in the day it wasn’t, but think about it. It makes sense. A child that is enjoying something will engage and will be open to new concepts and possibilities.

They are structured

Don’t fall into the trap of believing that this is just a back door to play time. Homework games have been carefully designed to offer structured learning. Your child feels like they are playing, or at least not working and, therefore, is more inclined to do their out of school studies.

They reduce the number of arguments

Come on let’s face it. There are so many demands on parents these days as they strive to achieve the work-life balance. Do you really need to be arguing with your kid over doing their homework as well? These games eliminate this problem.

They facilitate learning in a way kids understand

Kids have been brought up on a diet of x-boxes, laptops, and smartphones. They “get” technology in a way that their parents frequently don’t. Why would you make someone learn in a way that is alien to them, just because you learned that way? Homework games simply harness the advances in technology and run with them.

They are geared to your child’s level

Unlike conventional, one size fits all styles of working. These games are geared to your child. This means that the most academically bright of children will be sufficiently challenged while those that need a little more time and assistance get it.

They encourage discussion

There is nothing guaranteed to get a positive conversation started about homework in the school yard than games! In the past, it was seen as a bad word, a negative. The advent of these games has changed this.