School problems: what to expect
Ups and downs at school are part of life for many young people. A good relationship with your child’s school and teachers can help you head off problems. If school problems do come up, it’s important that you quickly recognize and address them.
School problems can show up as poor academic performance, lack of motivation for school, loss of interest in school work, or poor relationships with peers or teachers.
School difficulties range from minor to severe, might be very short-lived or last for longer. Even short term school problems can have a negative impact on how young people feel about school and themselves. Continue Reading
Homework can have many benefits although your children might not think so! Apart from anything else, it helps children learn useful organisational skills. Here’s how to make the most of homework.
Homework: the basics
Homework can take many forms. For example, your child might be asked to do a worksheet or project, to do some reading or writing, or to collect interesting objects to share with the class.
Academic benefits of homework?
In the early school years, there’s no clear evidence that doing homework helps your child do well at school.
As children get older, homework does have academic benefits – there’s a strong link between homework and achievement for children in secondary school.
Other benefits of homework
In general, homework can help your child:
- practise skills learned in class
- get ready for the next day’s work
- work on an ongoing project that needs extra resources, like the library, the internet or a parent’s help
- learn time management and organisational skills, like working to a deadline in class and at home, and finding a balance between work and play.
Homework has benefits for parents too, it gives you the chance to see what your child is learning about at school. It also gives you the chance to let your child know your views and values about learning and education by showing interest in and helping with homework.
Making homework work
Find the right time
For some children, the best time to get homework done will be straight after school. Others might need a break to play and unwind first. No matter what, the best time is when you can be around to supervise and give your child a helping hand if needed.
Most children can concentrate for only about 15 minutes at a time before they need a brief break. Get your child to do some neck stretches, arm shakes and finger wriggles or play outside for a few minutes. Continue Reading