Music Helps Solve Homework Troubles 

“The wildest colts make the best horses.”

Themistocles 514-449 BC

Consider/Test how your student thinks – in words, numbers, pictures, music, physical sensations. Use strategies to tap natural cognitive aspects. Some examples:

●    Visualization or guided imagery – imagine a trip through the circulatory system or visualize the spelling of a word or a scene from history, draw pictures to illustrate math problems or visualize the steps to a math problem.

●    Biofeedback or Kinesthetic approaches – spell words with the body or jump for consonants and sit for vowels, have a reading rocking chair, act continental drift by walking around room, dance a conga line for multiplication with kicks at correct multiples, pantomime.

●   Music – read aloud with music in background and have student just relax and listen to music, develop rhymes to help memorization, write a song to help memorize information, do work to metronome or steady background beat.

  • Doing homework isn’t an easy task for any student.

  • For students with “attention difficulties” it can be much more challenging. 

  • These students may have difficulty sitting down to do homework.

  • They may feel overwhelmed by how much work there is, and so do nothing.

  • They may get frustrated, not understanding what is expected or why an assignment is important.

  • They may be distracted and so spend hours “doing” homework but with little result. 

  • Parents can help their child who has attention difficulties feel more comfortable doing homework, and experience more successes, by working creatively with their child’s strengths. Below are some tips for parents – the list is by no means exhaustive and definitely needs to be tailored to each student’s needs.

Paying Attention to Homework: Suggestions for Parents of Students with Attention Difficulties

by Dahlia Miller - May 2007


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