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Back to school homework help

The final couple of days of the Christmas holiday from school are upon us. It’s time to sort out the uniform, PE kit and book bag ready for Tuesday. We have really enjoyed our Christmas break but now it is time to start getting back into the school routine again. My son has only had reading homework over the holidays. I must admit that he has not done it though. He has been reading a lot, annuals, new story book as well as his books of facts and the occasional joke book but no school books have been read. We will hope to look at it on Monday. Possibly.

Soon we will be getting ready to start with the book reviews, spellings and times tables homework too. What type of homework do your children come home with? Do you find it difficult to get your children to actually do their homework? What homework help would be most useful to motivating your child to complete their tasks? I aim to write some future blog posts on ideas to help with homework so it would be great to write posts that would be most useful to my readers. I look forward to hearing from you!

Love of Learning

During the past few years, I have (quite rightly, in my opinion), concentrated every ounce of my thoughts and efforts into creating a loving as well as a creative atmosphere for my children to grow up in.  I have spent very little time doing anything for myself.  My life revolves around my children.  Some would say that this is not how it should be but this is how my life is and this is how I have chosen to live it.

However, recently, I have re-discovered my love of learning as well as the thirst for knowledge that goes with it.  Due to finding Nursery costs too expensive to even contemplate at the moment, I have decided to enroll on an online course about Web Design.  The beauty of this is that I can do this course on my own computer, in my own home, during my daughter’s daytime naps.  I must say that I am enjoying the course immensely!  Learning something completely new to me has motivated me to read around the subject in the evenings too.

Both my children get so excited about seeing and learning new things.  Their enthusiasm for it was catching, which is what spurred me on to start learning again.  I really hope that I can continue to learn more about the world, just as my children are doing.  I feel like I am making a good start already.  At this point in my life, this is what I need.  This is something for me.

It would be great to hear if other Parents and Carers are continuing their learning.  Which courses ar you doing at the moment?  I’d love to hear from you and it would be great to think about what new things I can learn in the future from your ideas!

Five ways to make spelling homework more fun

Starting school was a big change for my son.  He loved (and still loves) going to school but after a long, tiring day, he did not feel very motivated to do his spelling homework.  Over the last few years, I have tried to find different ways to inspire him to learn the words he is given using a variety of approaches.  Lots of these ideas are already being used in schools.

  1. By making the time we look at spellings special.  It is a time when we can sit down together and spend some ‘quality’ time.  Even if it for only five minutes per day to read through them.
  2. By writing in rice, cous cous, sand, flour or anything else that you can think of!  We start off by writing using one finger then by using a dry paintbrush.
Writing in flour
Writing in flour

3.   By making words out of playdough, pipecleaners or rolled up tin foil.

Spelling with Playdough
Spelling with Playdough
Spelling using pipe cleaners
Spelling using pipe cleaners

4.    Writing spellings out on a chalk board.

Spellings on a chalkboard
Spellings on a chalkboard

5.   If the words relate to objects, make labels for them.

Labelling objects to help with spellings
Labelling objects to help with spellings
Spelling labels around the home
Spelling labels around the home

I think the most important thing to note is that we have not done these tasks all in one go.  None of these tasks were forced upon my son either.  When learning spellings, I have found that my son learns them better when we take a ‘little and often’ approach.  Even looking at one or two spellings per night, using them in made up sentences is a good start.  I display his work, take photos and he this helps him to become enthusiastic about looking back over what he has done.  As it is different to learning the spellings by reading and re-reading them in list form, it helps my son to remember how to spell his words.  For my son, this ‘doing’ by manipulating as well as designing his own versions of the words, helps him to keep the spellings in his head.

Every child is different.  These methods work for my son but we are continually trying out new ways to look at spellings to keep things new and fresh in his mind.  These are not the only activities we have tried, these are the ones we started with.  I will put more ideas on some of my following blogs.  Having a wide range of ideas will help you to choose which suits your child best.

It would be great to hear from anybody who has tried these alternative ways of learning spellings or any other ideas that we could add.