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99 Ways to Get Your Kids to do Their Homework (and Not Hate It) Updated and Revised [Kindle Edition]

Mary Leonhardt
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Is homework ruining your family life? Do you spend hours every day worrying about how your children (and you) will ever get through the piles of homework that schools are sending home now? There are no magic bullets and no easy answers, but Mary Leonhardt’s commonsense advice will make the whole process easier.

Since the main goal must be that children become independent about managing homework, Leonhardt’s book is full of suggestions about helping that to happen. Chapters deal with issues from preschool through high school. There is also a section on gifted children.

Included is a greatly expanded Appendix, with interviews with her high school students about their homework experiences. She interviews students who have been very competent about completing homework, as well as students who have rebelled, and done very little. There are interviews with gifted students, and interviews with students needing special ed. services.

Here are some excerpts from the interviews:

"Junior year started off about the same as other years. I was playing football, but then I got in trouble and I got kicked off the team. That started a downward spiral. Everyone was disappointed and I was more than everyone. It happened quickly. I just stopped caring, totally. I stopped doing assignments."

"I remember my dad read to me as a child, in English and Chinese, every night. I shared a room with my sister, and one night I was working my way through this book and he was helping me, and my sister said, “Can you stop? I want to go to sleep.” And he said, “No, this is important. “There was always the expectation that the homework needs to be done. "

"So at one point, when my older sister was in 9th grade, I was in 6th grade, and my younger sister was in 3rd grade, my parents made a designated “homework time. . . So we would all sit down at the kitchen table, from 7-8:30 or so. Doing this never improved my grades and never me focus better. It just made me annoyed with my parents for being too controlling."

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Every child will balk at homework at some point during elementary or high school. In 99 Ways to Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework, Mary Leonhardt shows you how to encourage the student in your household to confront that hated chore as painlessly as possible. Her lighthearted but experienced advice will help schoolchildren (and parents!) everywhere develop a healthy attitude about homework and deal with specific homework problems at each level in their education. Effective, succinct, and workable, these practical pointers guide you and your children as they go from the elementary grades to high school. TEST.

Find the balance between supporting your children and helping them take responsibility for their own homework.
Help your children develop consistent and timely work habits.
Instill in your children a sense of accomplishment that will help them maintain good study habits through and beyond their school years.

Leonhardt balances constructive, helpful recommendations with a healthy, down-to-earth style to help your child not only excel in school, but also actually enjoy it!

About the Author

Mary Leonhardt, the author of Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don't; 99 Ways to Get Kids to Love Reading; and 99 Ways to Get Kids to Love Writing, has taught English in public, private, and parochial schools for twenty-eight years.

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  • File Size: 243 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mary Leonhardt (December 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AN956A2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough Parenting Self Help Book September 24, 2000
Mary Leonhardt's 99 Ways to Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework is a breakthrough in Parenting Self Help Books. Instead of traditional Parenting Self Help Books - where you have to wade through hundreds of pages of professional viewpoints and educational studies to get one kernel of usable advise - Ms. Leonhardt's book is packed with insightful "out of box" thinking that can make a huge impact on not only your child's success at homework, but more importantly, a lifelong love of learning.
Last year when my daughter, Kathy, was in 1st grade, homework was a nightmare is our house. By following several tips in this book we completely turned around the situation, and now Kathy has taken complete responsibility for her assignments. She loves being in charge, and I no longer worry about having everything done perfectly. More importantly, I know that she is now on the right track for a lifetime of reading and learning.
I also highly recommend Mary Leonhardt's other 3 books: Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don't; 99 Ways to Get Kids to Love Reading; and 99 Ways to Get Kids to Love Writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advice from the best! September 6, 2001
Mary Leonhardt's books advise parents on how to deal with their childrens' often-beligerent attitude to reading, or in this case, specifically homework. While Leonhardt's advice sometimes seems radical or atypical of teachers' advice, I have learned firsthand that Leonhardt knows what she's doing. I took Mary Leonhardt's British Literature course Junior year of high school, where the majority of work was self-guided and self-organized. While her teaching style was quite different from that of the other teachers in the department, I and many of the other students in the class agree that she got the best results of any teacher at the school. While you may take issue with some of Leonhardt's advice, you can't argue with results. All of Leonhardt's books are highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new June 30, 2013
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If you're a thinking parent, you won't find any innovative ideas or techniques in this book. It's all common sense and nothing I haven't heard/read/discussed many times before. Unless you've suddenly been landed with the guardianship of a school aged child and never had to think of such matters before, it's not ground-breaking. If it is ground-breaking for you, you should have some long conversations with your child's teachers and educate yourself on basic pedagogy.

Leonhardt doesn't offer "99 Ways"; she simply restates the same common sense ideas over and over; therefore the book is too long, and not as helpful as the title would suggest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice August 16, 2013
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This book is great for parents like me, who probably obsess just a little too much about their kids' schoolwork. Leonhardt is a wise teacher and she's definitely helped me loosen up and get a grasp on the big picture. Highly recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has some good advice June 5, 2013
By charlie
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This book is pretty much common sense but coming from the view of the teacher.
It addresses the issue of those helicopter parents I see all the time and gives good advice
on making a child more independent when it comes to homework. It is divided by grade school
middle school and high school so you can read the sections that pertain to your child specifically
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More About the Author

I'm an author and retired high school English teacher. I'm also a fanatic about the necessity of getting kids reading. With the opportunities e-books are making available, I've decided to publish my books that coach teachers and parents how to get their kids reading. The education crisis, I am convinced, is a reading crisis.

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