While we recognise that time with your child outside of school is precious and that children have other activities that they love to spend time outside school participating in, parents can help their children gain confidence at school by integrating schoolwork into their home life. Support, encouragement and involvement in your child’s education at home will help your child develop positive attitudes towards school and learning that will stay with them after their formal education has ended.
If you would like to find out how you can help support your child’s learning please do not hesitate to speak to their teacher or visit www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/, which has some useful advice about helping your child with their homework.
How can I help?
- Make school work at home part of your child’s daily routine
- Small chunks of time on a daily basis is better than long chunks of time infrequently
- Try to make homework time earlier in the day rather than later, before they get too tired
- Demonstrate enthusiasm for the subject they are learning
- Discover what motivates your child to do home work. Do they respond to a challenge? Do they prefer gentle encouragement? Do they enjoy it if it is like a game?
- Reward time spent doing homework with time doing another activity that they enjoy; playing on the computer or watching television
- Give them lots of praise when they are doing their homework and when they have finished it.