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Make Finishing Homework Into a Game!

Helping children build foundational daily life habits is something all of us take seriously at TECH PARK KIDS.
In today's post, we'll introduce one of the ways we teach these habits: homework support.

First, let's get our homework done!
After washing hands, gargling, and putting bags into lockers, children take out their communication books from school.
Looking through the communication book, we check on today's homework.
Kanji writing practice, read alouds, math drills; children use this time to finish up all of their tasks.
Having heard many parents say things like, "she just doesn't do her homework," or, "he always forgets about things," study time at TECH PARK KIDS starts with making a "to-do list". Then, children start tackling each item on their lists.

Gamify homework time with a to-do list

First, children start by writing each homework task onto a post-it note, and then stick these onto their notebooks. Children receive circle marks or remove notes each time they finish a task.
This kind of system is often called "task management" at work.
Watching the kids at work, it's generally not that they forget to do homework because they want to forget. Rather, it's usually a matter of forgetting where they wrote down what to do.
By using to-do lists to organize and gamify homework time, the children at TECH PARK KIDS are motivated to get their homework done quickly. It also probably helps that they can eat snacks and learn about fun technology afterwards!

Opened in April, 2016, TECH PARK KIDS is an afterschool care facility located in the Tenjin area of Fukuoka where children harness technology to make new discoveries and new creations. With a diverse curriculum including programming, robotics, and digital art?as well as life skills, daily habits, and plenty of exercise?children develop confidence, creativity, and computer savvy in ways beyond what school, public programs, and homelife alone can offer.
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