Do you have a child at school? If so, you’ll be used to having homework to do by now. We have the creative home learning projects every half term which I inevitably end up doing myself, but the worst is the maths homework every week. On top of that, we now have SATs practice to do so I think it’s safe to say we’re going to be kept busy!
Whether you have to help your children with their homework, want to help with something they’re struggling with at school or maybe you’re thinking of home educating, here are some tips for helping kids with their school work…
Set up a homework Friendly area
If you have the room, setting up an area for kids to do their homework helps to avoid distractions is a good idea. It could be an area set aside in the dining room or in your home office if you have one. Have all your supplies handy such as pens, scissors, glue so you don’t have to waste time hunting around for things.
You don’t have to sit down with workbooks, there are lots of ways to make learning or homework more fun. These portable magnetic table top whiteboards from Teacher Boards are a great idea to get kids involved and enjoy learning. They’re also really handy if you’re short on space as you can easily move them if you need your dining table back once finished.
These whiteboards are really useful for children to write on when working out problems, practising their spellings or to draw pictures and diagrams. It also means you don’t end up with reams of waste paper after a homework session and they’re less like a formal school setting than pencil and paper or workbooks.
If you have the room there are also bigger whiteboards and chalkboards which would come in very handy if you have more than one child to teach.
To make more of a learning environment you could put educational posters on the wall such as multiplication tables
Access Home Learning Resources
There are loads of websites and apps which come in very handy for helping kids with their school work. Most of them are so much fun to use that children don’t even realise they’re learning rather than playing games.
Some of our favourite educational apps and websites are:
Squeebles Spelling Test
With this app you can create spelling tests with your own choice of words, a great idea to practice weekly spellings from school. You can record the words in your own voice and choose how long your child gets to practice them before taking the test. Download on Android or iPhone.
This fun maths app sets questions dependent on the level of your child’s maths skills and what you want them to learn about. A timer ticks away so you can try to beat your personal best time each time you play. Download on iPhone.
There are lots of different apps from Reading Eggs covering all subjects. Eggy Words is a great reading game for younger children – we had lots of fun with this one. The app is free and designed to help children recognise and learn sight words. Download on Android or iPhone.
This fun app uses quizzes, books and videos to help your kids learn how and when to use nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. The first part is free and then you have to pay for the rest, but it is worth the money. Download on Android or iPhone.
There are also lots of great online resources for parents helping kids with their school work. They explain the various key stages and what topics are covered, as well as tips and resources to download.
Some websites we’ve found really useful are:
Get rid of distractions
Turn off the TV and hide the tablet and toys. Turn off your phone so you aren’t distracted either.
Think about rewards
Whether it’s a reward chart
or a treat at the end of the session, it’s important to give your child an incentive to concentrate and get their work done.
I hope these tips help you next time you sit down to help your kids with their school work. If you have a child taking their SATs later in the year stay tuned – I have a blog post coming soon that focusses on SATs preparation and resources.
Disclosure: This post is a collaboration with Teacher Boards.