Seatwork is an essential component of the Abeka curriculum. While it might not be your children’s favorite homeschool activity, it reaps several benefits and enhances the overall learning experience through practice and review.
As veterans in the world of homeschool, we know that getting your children to do seatwork can be tough. It’s hard enough to get them to sit still for their lessons.
Tackling seatwork doesn’t have to be a hard task. We’re here to help. First things first, we want to explain the goal of seatwork and how you can access it.
What Is Seatwork?
Seatwork is part of the Abeka curriculum because it reinforces what your children are learning in their daily lessons. The worksheets have engaging pictures and charts to go with each homeschool lesson. Seatwork gives your kids an opportunity to practice and apply what they learned in their daily lessons at the end of the day. Once you purchase the Abeka curriculum, seatwork is included in student workbooks.
How to Make Seatwork Work for You
Change It Up
Think outside the box. Change it up by completing seatwork outdoors. Or, allow your child to complete seatwork in a different room in the house. You may consider working on seatwork at a different time or switching the order in which seatwork is completed for different subjects.
Figure Out Your Child’s Learning Style
Figuring out your child’s unique learning style could work wonders. Some kids work more effectively if they complete a little bit of seatwork daily. Others will be successful if they complete larger amounts of seatwork every other day.
Once you have a clear picture of your child’s learning style, you can customize your daily routine to fit. That’s the beauty of homeschool.
Upgrade Your Work Space
God created your child to be beautifully unique. All children learn differently, and productivity will look different for everyone. Some of the coolest offices in the world are intentionally designed to increase productivity. If you have a budget set aside, why not get innovative with standing desks and floor poufs?
Create a coworking space where you and your children can get work done together. Your kids can complete their seatwork, and you can reply to emails and texts, handle bills, or do whatever needs to be done. It’s a productive way to spend quality time together, and your presence might act as a motivator for them to get things done efficiently.
Find a Study Group
If you’d like to try something new, allow your kids to sit together at the dining room table and complete their seatwork together. Working in isolation at a desk can get lonely. This rings true for all of us, especially if you are an extrovert.
Invite other moms and homeschoolers over for a study session. It’s a nice break for you and your children. The younger kids might need some help staying on task. But older children are able to be more independent with this activity.
Implement a Reward System
Reward your children when they willingly complete their seatwork without having to be constantly reminded. The goal is to reward them for doing the right thing. What is your child’s favorite toy? Book? Or maybe a snack? Offer this item to your children when they eagerly complete their seatwork. Or they could earn technology time. Every child is unique, but something inspires them.
It might take a few tries to find what works best for your child. But seatwork can be managed efficiently with a little trial and error. Follow Abeka on social media for more tips and tricks on better homeschool practices.