How Much Homework Do You Do With Your Children?
February 8, 2008 4:43am CST
I have two children 7 & 5 and just lately we are getting more and more work to do at home, I have reading to do with them both but now I also have to learn the 5 year old ten spellings every week for a spelling test, he has to learn to say them, spell them, plus write them down! Then I have reading to do with the 7 year old and then I have to ask him questions after and then various bits and bobs in between, and I'm thinking "how on earth do I fit this in with everything else"? I have to pick the kids up from school, make sandwiches for the following day, make a meal, spend time with my 16 year old and 2 year old, and manage to get them bathed and in bed for a reasonable time! My goodness I need to be so organised and I am just NOT!! So is anyone else in the same position, and how on earth do you organise yourself so that you have the time to spend on homework, chores, kids & husband!!!
8 Feb 08
It can be hard to meet up with all this responsibility if you have to do it all by your yourself, you will need some help, either from you partner or you 16 year old child who I believe should be mature enough to handle some responsibility. Good luck!
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8 Feb 08
I do have my husband who helps out with everything wherever he can, but he works till 5pm or 6pm so hes a bit limited! Oh gosh I wish I could tell you that my 16 year old is mature enough, but he is so not!! Honestly he is worse than the other 3 little ones put together ha ha. I guess I shall have to draw up an organisation chart somehow until I get into a routine!!
8 Feb 08
I commend you for doing a great job with your kids and helping them with their schooling. I am a teacher and I agree that sometimes the kids are bombarded with way too much homework and it is hard for families to find time to sit down with their kids to do homework. The good news is I think as your kids get older, grade 4 and up they will become more independent learners and you won't need to help them with much of their homework. My daugher is in year 7 this year and most of the time she does homework by herself, which i think is great as she has to learn how to be an independent learner, I am happy to assist her though. It is a juggling act, here are some suggestions maybe to free up some more time for youself. Maybe you could set up a roster in your house, one night the 16 year old can help with the younger kids homework, the next night your husband and the third night yourself. I try and make lunches night before when kids in bed, some chores I do in the morning, get up early as don't feel like doing them after work. It is hard being organised. Hang in there, it will get easier. Also is it possible to do all homework in a couple of nights or is this homework set daily?
8 Feb 08
Thank you for your lovely response, my 7 year old is in year 3 he is doing fantastic and can read really well, but he is still a bit behind in his reading age and plus he is reading but not taking the story in, which in turn is affecting his school work when it comes to comprehension in class. So he needs a little extra help for reading but then I have to make sure he has taken the story in! The other one is 5 and in year 1, he brings reading home, plus 10 words every monday that we have to learn by friday, but not only does he have to learn them, he has to learn the sounds, be able to read them, spell them out AND write them down!! Its rather hard and all credit to you teachers because I really dont know how you do it!!! Yes I think it is all down to organisation and then once I am used to it it will be a lot easier!!