Whether your child loves it or loathes it, homework reinforces what they are learning in school, and it also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process.
Some schools use a homework diary, so you can keep track of what homework your child should be doing – particularly useful if your child is adamant they haven’t got any to do!
Homework clubs are becoming more and more popular as an after-school option – some settings will even accept childcare vouchers as payment, and they can help with your wraparound childcare arrangements too.
There are lots of ways you can establish good homework habits. Here’s a handful to get you going:
› Sit with your child as much as possible
› Pick a quiet environment with minimal distractions
› Do homework in bite-sized chunks, with plenty of breaks
› Praise and encourage your child
If you or your child are struggling, this video from parentchannel.tv has some useful tips.