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Guest Post: Helping With Homework

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post | Posted on 01-10-2012

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I know what you’re thinking – children’s homework is easy, particularly if the child is still primary school age.  A few simple sums and a bit of reading – piece of cake.  However, times have moved on and helping your child with their homework could turn into a stressful and confusing situation for both the child and parent without a bit of forward planning.

Here are three of my top tips for avoiding any last minute homework panics and to make sure you can be top of the class:

  1. Shouting the words ‘well, that’s how I was taught’ won’t help.  If the grid method and number line sound like world war two codes, then arrange for some after school tuition to learn how it is done now.
  2. Have the right equipment ready so there can be no excuses.  This could include plenty of plain paper, pens and pencils (sharpened) a PC or laptop and wireless printer.
  3. Reward good homework.  It’s easy to leave reward and recognition to the class teacher, but your child will be so proud if you praise them for a job well done.  This should also encourage them to try even harder next time.
This article was written by Kathryn Thompson, a freelance writer and mum to three daughters aged 12, 10 and 5.  Kathryn once bought a leather Filofax for her eldest daughter in a last minute shopping panic, as she convinced her they needed to record all their homework in it.  Her daughter was in year one at the time.