Homework for many years was a thorn in my side. To be honest i used to dread it when after a long day at work, i had cooked dinner and then i went to sit down and relax and my daughter would then need help with her homework. To me it used to feel like another chore.
It wasnt even as if she had heaps of homework, it usually was one section of her homework book.
My daughter would get do a topic each week. For the first few months we didn't have any problems but as time went on it really became a struggle to get her to even sit down to do the work book.
I was at a wits end how to help her. It was almost a battle of wills and at that time of night, we both usually ended up frustrated and MAD.
Then my daughters last year at her primary school the teacher changed tactics and gave the children little projects to do by using the alphabet i.e A = aeroplanes and the children had to research aeroplanes or what ever A thing they chose. Suddenly my daughter was searching every Monday for something that would represent her Alphabet. She was inspired and it showed in her commitment to work.
IT was such a dramatic change that i got mad with myself for not seeing the real reason why she wasnt doing her homework. it was too boring. It just didn't stimulate her or inspire her into committing to the process.
Something i do with the treehut children all the time, i teach them in a way that will inspire them to want to learn about the subject.
So here i was fighting with my own daughter who just couldn't connect with a book, with no colour and all words, words, words.
One thing i learnt was that homework became a chore and not an adventure of learning.
As parents we can decide which way to attack the homework situation, we could quickly get it out of the way so we can spend the rest of the evening in front of the tv, or we could truly engage, search for answers and be there for your child. No one else is going to put in the time with your child, so why wouldn't you.
Homework now has become a family activity. We sit down and work through the problems, we do the research, ask questions, revise and study. It has become fun and my daughter has improved so much. She is now actively looking for answers to things she doesn't know. Our motto : knowledge is power.