Each term in Esker we run an after school homework club twice a week supervised by a teacher. Places are allocated through our class teachers and Home School Liaison.
Homework Tips For Parents
Make sure your child is not hungry or very tired when starting on homework. Provide a snack and or rest before expecting them to start homework.
Have a specific time and place for homework. Stick to this routine consistently and explain it to your child. If necessary, use the clock to show how long homework will take. The setting should be quiet. TV/Playstation etc should be switched off. Ensure your child has all the necessary books and equipment before beginning.
Older children should be encouraged to work independently however you should still supervise and check homework and help your child when necessary. Children love when their parents are interested in their work.
Try and remain calm and positive with your child. Remember if you have a negative attitude towards homework or a particular subject your child will too.
Praise and encourage your child throughout the homework session.
For children with attention/reading difficulties, consider breaking homework into chunks with brief movement breaks.
Have a pre-written alphabet and number line (on card) and if necessary attach it to the table. Provide counters/money for maths work where necessary.
For writing exercises, if child is becoming frustrated write the beginning of the sentence and encourage him/her to finish, or write some words and encourage him/her to fill in the blanks.
If your child is struggling to read a sentence, give them the word and move on.
Keep the teacher informed of difficulties that your child may be having with homework, particularly if the homework seems to take a long time or if the child often has difficulty in a particular subject area.