My son is in second grade. Every week for homework he has to write ten sentences using words from his spelling list. At the beginning of the school year he dreaded the task, and because of his negative attitude the 10 minute project always took at least an hour. One afternoon I was in the kitchen starting dinner while he complained about sentence number one. He said he couldn't think of anything to write using the word "six". So I said, "I have six fingers on each hand." So simple and silly but funny to a seven year old. When he and his sister started giggling I knew right away I had found a way to help him focus. So he wrote his own sentence and had all ten done in record time.
Now he looks forward to his spelling homework because he knows he has the freedom to write anything he wants as long as he uses the given word in the sentence. He is now thinking creatively and having fun doing it.
Finding the key to unlock my child's gifts is such a challenge. Sometimes my ideas work but many times they don't. Please share your strategies no matter how insignificant you think they may be. Each child is different and your idea may be the one that solves a problem for a child struggling in school. I look forward to reading them all and our followers will too.