11 Mar 2013

What to Do When Kids Are Fighting

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When kids are fighting because they all want to do maths practice - or grammar - with you, it's a nice problem to have. But also one you need to solve. What if you're handling your kids solo, and there's no one else there to get the offender(s) in a headlock so you can carry on?

1. When Doing A Quiz...

Problem: you're cooking, or you're driving and you're also doing a fun quiz - on times tables or whatever. Older siblings get competitive and end up squashing the younger one's confidence or each other's faces. Everyone is shouting out of turn.
Solution: before you start, explain the rules. Take turns, in order. If kids shout out of turn, they skip a go. Give questions appropriate to each age range, linked where possible, e.g. age 4-6: addition (1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4, 5+5); age 8-9: indices (2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5); age 10-12: multiplying fractions (½ x ½, ⅓ x ⅓, ¼ x ¼, ⅕ x ⅕).

2. When Sitting Helping One of Your Kids...
Problem: the others are going berserk.
Solution: make them all sit down and 'work with you' at the same time. Give one your full attention. Let the others work independently on something like handwriting, spelling, or making a prezi about verbs. Explain they will each get a turn to have your full attention. If they do misbehave, 'count' them (see below).

Get them under control!
Click on this man. He will solve all your behaviour problems.
Check this book (left) for excellent tips on how to 'count' kids, motivate, and instil self-discipline in them.

Find out how to use computers to get your kids to do whatever you need them to.