Eat Your Frogs First” is one of Barbara Oakley’s “Top 10 Ideas to Help Your Learning”–common sense ideas for getting through homework. Intrigued? Your child won’t be squeamish when following her sound advice. The ideas are followed by “Ten Pitfalls to Avoid in Your Learning.” Both can be found at

I suggest working with your child to choose two tips from each category as a goal for the upcoming week. If met, perhaps you can provide a small reward while your child enjoys the satisfaction of a job well done.

For more tips that ease the trials and tribulations of dealing with homework, please visit my previous posts: Literacy Tip for Parents #10: Countering Homework Complaints and Literacy Tip for Parents #46: Avoid Homework Hang-Ups.


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