Thursday, 29 May 2014
reaching homework goals - the family partnership
It wasn't until a friend mentioned she'd been testing her son on the latest vocabulary set that it clicked for me - I had a role to play in this as well. I printed out copies of the worksheets for home and I've created a folder for them. I've also given Tom a dedicated workbook where he does his nightly revision and can check his progress.
Each school night, I sit down with Tom to test his vocabulary. We concentrate on that week's set and if time permits, we revise one from a previous week. He writes down both the English and Indonesian words which we both feel aids his memory - helping him to continually associate both words together.
Over the past couple of months, Tom's lifted his results from low to very high. His teacher is very happy with his improvement Tom's delighted with his progress.
The takeaway from this for me has been the role that I, as a parent, need to play in my children's learning. Homework skills are something children need to develop - when they can see, for example, the role regular revision plays in lifting grades, they have instant feedback that what they're doing is making a difference.
Your own experiences and particular skills can help your children - sitting down with your children at night during homework time doesn't mean you're doing the homework for them - it's being a guiding hand and playing your role in their learning partnership.
How does your family approach homework? Any tips and tricks?