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How to make learning fun with reward charts

We are all striving to find a way to help our kids to understand that learning isn’t a chore, but a way to help find joy in the world around us. From mathematics in nature, to the geology under our feet, and the lifecycle of a butterfly; learning is a means to understand more about our environment and beyond. Sometimes though, our kids need a little bit of help to find that pleasure, so why not try using a little bit of private tuition, alongside incentivisation to encourage them.

We have had a look at how you can help use our own reward systems in private tutoring, and homework, to put the fun back into learning. Even the BBC recommends them to assist with challenging behaviours in your little ones!

Using reward charts can really help your kids with their learning - check out our tips! #learning #kids #rewardcharts

Homework can become a right pain *speaking from experience*, as our children see that extra work out of school as something that just has to be “got through.” Employing a private tutor can make things easier for you, in that you no-longer have to cajole your child into those weekly homework tasks. Combine this with encouraging them further in their studies with progress charts, and tangible rewards alongside this private help, can be even more effective.

It is worth considering our track me charts in particular as an learning aid alongside tuition. These are specifically designed to track prgress to a goal with children, with a pre-agreed reward available for that extra effort at the end of the line!

This is one of the Reward Charts you can create on KiddyCharts to help with learning and private tuition. This is a Fairy one! #kids #learning #rewardcharts

We have charts designed for those that are keen on fairies, princesses, spacemen and racing cars, so there is something for every type of tutor and child around!

In addition, we do have some themed countdown charts you can use as well – from Christmas, and Valentines Day to Easter and St Patrick’s Day, and even a Summer themed one too!

This Chritmas themed chart is great for making learning and homework a little easier - for Christmas and beyond really! #Chrsitmas #RewardCharts #kids

It isn’t just a matter of printing out the chart and away you go though, here are our tips to make using a reward chart for helping with school work:

  1. Set out the reward in conjunction with your children; we even wrote out a list of rewards with our kids, that they picked, so we knew that the reward that we were working towards within our private lessons was something that was REALLY important to them. It is even possible to link the reward to the learning goal if you have the imagination! Perhaps you have a reluctant reader, who is struggling the Primary SATS in their last year at school? Could you offer to give them a trip to the Cadbury’s Chocolate factory if they improve their reading by reading out loud to their tutor every day from that special Roald Dahl book. They can then interpret the adventures in such a way as to improve their SATS comprehension skills. *Simples*
  2. Set up the chart with them; get them to choose the name for the chart, the background, the photos that you use, and even help with the goal. There is no point in setting a homework or tuition goal without being collaborative. The kids HAVE to have buy in with the end game, as you might as well give up now if they don’t.
  3. Make sure your learning goal(s) is attainable; there is no point in setting your child unrealistic goals. Make sure it IS something that they CAN achieve. Perhaps it is as simple as having 10 sessions with a tutor on their Maths, or something a little more specific as being able to master 10 Maths curriculum goals in the next month, etc.
  4. Define your learning successes along the way; for most reward charts, including both our track charts, and standard star charts, children get stars, or make progress on their charts by achieving certain tasks. Make it absolutely clear what those tasks are, so that your child knows how to progress to their ultimate reward. So for example, give them a star every time they work with their tutor on their homework, and once they complete the track, they get their agreed reward.
  5. Be consistent; if you agree to setting up a reward and a chart with your kids, don’t forget to fill it in with them. Make a time that you check it with them everyday, perhaps after a tutor session, and to add your stickers. This way, you are always giving yourself time to discuss their progress, and your children can see that you are serious about giving out that reward. If you let things slip, so will your child.

Kids love to see their progress on our charts, and it is a really visual way for them to see them attaining their goals. It is surprising how much even just putting a star on the chart can excite your kids!

Sometimes the kids do get very excited about their stars on their charts you know.... #learning #kids #rewardcharts

Good luck with the tutoring, and the reward charts, and do let us know how you get on.

This is a collaborative post.

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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