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homework.

MY daughter is 6 years old, very smart little girl.
my problem with her is she gets so bored doing homewrok although she is still in kindergarten and her homewrok is just one sheet per day she still gives me hard time to finish it.

any suggestions to make homework time a little bit easier?
thanks.
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Does she have more homework than it should take her to finish in 10 minutes,  working earnestly?  Then it's probably too much,  IMHO.

Our school has a policy of 10 minutes per grade.  First grade gets 10,  2nd grade gets 20,  etc.  

We had a  little clock,  I could set it for a certain time and it would DING when that time was over.  If the child had been earnestly working that whole time,  time's up,  it's over.   You're done for the day.  Teachers backed that - they aren't out to make evenings a nightmare of tears and pleading.

Does your school have a similar policy?  About 10 minutes max is expected?

If they worked hard for that ten minutes,  I'd write a little note on the homework and say that,  and it was fine.  Usually,  they were through ahead of time.

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Yes its about the same. She gets the homework at the beginning of the week one sheet per day that would probably take her 5 to 7 minutes each, as I said before she is in kg so it's still like letters cutting and paseting numbers . And we usually do homework after she relaxes eats lunch watches tv plays so I know she is not bored from school but as soon as she sees the paperwork she will start whinning "but mommy this will take forever" and she will do it really slow . I know for sure it's not too much .
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Okay, so she's only in half day kindergarten?  At 6 years old, she should be able to handle that.  

I still stand by my recommendation that you wind up a clock and expect her to sit there and focus - especially since she's only in half day kinder - for a few minutes.  

Again,   show her the clock.  Set it for an amount of time that's expected - in her case,  about ten minutes.  Expect her to sit there and work for that amount of time before the bell goes off.  
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Hi there.  I think something that is helpful too with homework and reluctant kids is to let them have some physical activity before sitting down to do it.  The exercise helps settle down the nervous system and clear the brain (actually it organizes it).  Then have something at her homework spot like a piece of gum or licorice.  She can chew the gum while she does her homework.  This again is a nervous system trick as well as most kids really love that piece of gum and chewing and doing their work is more pleasurable.  Fun pencils and fresh crayons help too.  Make it attractive to sit there.

I do want to mention one thing though.  The comment about 'this will take forever'---------  my son has some fine motor difficulty.  Writing takes a bit more work for him.  He looks at a tast in which he has to write as something that is going to be diffiucult just because of that and he'd just as soon avoid it,  We've overcome that with specific work on his writing and now he is comfortable.  However, he did a book report (he's in second grade now) and had to write the report out and made that same comment 'it will take forever' because it felt daunting to do all that writing.  
Is it possible that anything like that is going on?  Kids sometimes avoid what is slightly challenging for them.  If that is the case, working on that root problem makes homework easier to handle.  

I would always be super positive and upbeat about it.  "yeah, school is FuN!  Home work is FuN!"  

I want to comment too that I have two sons that are totally different.  My younger son is super fast at his homework.  He's in first grade and since he was tiny, I could give him books with math activities and such in it and he would sit and do it for FUN (weird, huh?).  But my older son can sit and stare at his homework.  Think about it.  And it can take longer than it should.  I've tried to always be available to him so he doesn't get overwhelmed and say he doesn't want to do it.  When he was in kindergarten, I sat with him and he could question me if he needed to on how to do something.  Now I still sit at the talbe where my boys do homework but I generally type on my computer (here at med help---  ha!) as they do it or read.  Still here if they need me but they need me less and less.

Does she have any trouble with finishing her work at school?  Just curious.
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No, she does everything she is supposed to do and just in time at school.i talk to her teacher all the time.
she does not have any difficulties of any kind , she is one of the smartest kids in her class ahead of almost everybody..reads and writes perfectly,we just got her epsf and ar testing both great and above avrage its just her being too slow doing homework.
she goes to a great school, full day kindergarten and now in  the second semester they are preparing them for first grade and i really dont want this problem to get bigger when she starts to get more homework.

i need to mention something that i had my second baby in may and when school started in august i would put the baby down for a nap or in his swing so we can do homework together, she loved that time and felt so special. is it possible that she takes much longer than needed just for the attention? i really try so hard to give her all the attention she needs from hugging and cuddling her to volunteering at her school but could that be the problem?
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Well, anything is possible when a new sibling arrives!  That is pretty life changing for a kid.  So maybe she does enjoy that one on one time???

I'd just try to make it pleasant and try the clock idea that rockrose gave.  My son gets fidgety with a clock because he'll sit and watch the minutes thinking "OH no, i only have 4 minutes to get this done!!"  But it could work well for some kids, i'm sure.

Another idea is to offer to play a game with her when she is done with her homework.  Tell her that you only have so much time to devote so the sooner she gets her homework done, the longer you'll have to play the game.  It doesn't have to be a long game but one that tempts her to crank the homework out.  
good luck
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