When we decided to go for it with the Chinese Immersion school, I was really nervous because on top of learning to read and write, NB would also have to learn Chinese. Which, of course, puts a lot of pressure on– you guessed it. MEE!
The teachers recommend that the kids study Chinese 15 minutes / day. We’re also supposed to read in English together every night for 15 minutes. SO 30 minutes of studying every night. It doesn’t sound so bad but in practice it’s a lot to pull off.
On top of that, my many attempts to get NB to study hadn’t gone well and I was beginning to feel like I had made a big mistake in attending this school where he’s REQUIRED to learn Chinese of all things.
Then Steve had a great idea.
Pay him for studying.
Not a homework chart where the reward comes at the end of a long week,
Pay him right then and there when he’s done.
Steve suggested $.50 for every 20 minutes.
I was like, “hmmm.” NB’s certainly old enough to value $.50 since that buys him a gum ball at our grocery store. So I went for it.
Last week, NB earned $5.25 for his “work.”
To a 5 year old, that’s good money! And to me, that’s serious TIME. Over 3 hours, spread out over the week in 20 minute bursts of him re-enforcing what he’s learning in school.
So now, instead of me begging him to sit down and study, he’s begging me!
One downside. Now, no matter where we go we ultimately end up in gift shops and toy stores.
I know this eager studying won’t last forever, (or his price will go up), but for now we’re all happy and learning. And besides, money is an incentive for grown-ups, so why wouldn’t it be for kids?