Wednesday, January 30, 2013

back to school HOMEWORK 101

The Ultimate Children's Homework Room

Most parents, especially when their little ones start school want to know the best way to tackle the school homework routine. Here are tips I found on Body + Soul:

Model a love of learning
Just because you knock off from school or work, it doesn't mean the learning stops. Encourage your kids to work out measurements for cooking, get them to research weekend activities or have discussions about what's happening in current affairs.

Be involved but don't take over

When parents get involved, children feel like they are part of a team, rather than all alone and isolated doing their homework. But don't do it for them, instead encourage them to seek out solutions.
Find a routine which works for your family
Plan homework times that are convenient and not rushed so the pressure is taken off everyone in the family. Maybe that can be after dinner or in the mornings before they go to school, adding that children need to be taught how to plan and encouraged to follow it.

Find the right environment

Some kids like to work in silence and alone while others will enjoy some background noise and like to sit at the kitchen table. Getting this right is essential, because happy children and more likely to be happy learners.

Praise their efforts, not necessarily their results
Everyone likes to be praised for their commitment, completion, effort and determination. But that is not the same as praising the actual work, which is not as necessary.

Adjust your attitude
Moaning about how much you don't support homework policies doesn't encourage your kids to knuckle down and do it. Explain to kids the benefits of doing it and show that you support it. Homework is not a punishment but a way to consolidate learning.
Remember teachers are there to help.
If homework is all getting a bit much, or your child is struggling to do it or understand it, talk to the teacher.

When parents get left behind
It happens to almost every parent at some stage. Your child will ask you for help with homework and you won't understand how to do it. It can be a tad soul-destroying for all concerned when mum and dad can no longer help with homework due to lack of knowledge and understanding. But parents don't need to panic and sign up for after-hours primary maths and English classes – now they can turn to the web to hone their knowledge. 

A to Z school, has lots of basic tips, advice and articles for mums and dads – but one of it's highly sought-after features are work sheets to help parents get their head across today's curriculum (and catch up on Year 8 maths one the kids are asleep). All of this is backed by a vibrant online community of parents and educators.

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