‘The Dog Ate My Homework!’
I never actually used that excuse for not doing my homework, has anyone?!
It wasn’t actually very often I didn’t complete my homework, often doing more than was required because I love learning, writing and using pretty stationary to make it look…pretty.
But it seems my love of homework has not been passed to my children, maybe it’s because at only 4 years old the word ‘work’ is somewhat alien to them.
They know mummy does most of the housework and daddy goes to some weird place called work, but they themselves don’t actually have any work to do.
That was until they started school and they began bringing work home from school.
I’m the first to admit I have little patience, I’d make a terrible teacher or trainer, I know this, which is why I have avoided any kind of career where I would have to train anyone.
I’m not the kind to sit patiently whilst someone tries for the umpteenth time to do something, I’ve tried, I really have but I just can’t.
So trying to help my children with their frankly ridiculous amounts of homework has frayed my nerves, made my blood boil and resulted in us in separate rooms as we all try to calm down.
So far their homework consists of reading, writing, making a family tree, letter recognition, word creating & recognition and drawing.
Some of these are rolling activities, which we are supposed to do every week on top of the regularly set home work.
None of which sound terribly difficult, but once these tasks become ‘compulsory’ it takes out most of the fun.
Where as before we could take our time with activities which unknown to the children were enhancing and developing their reading, writing and numeracy skills now they must do things a certain way by a certain time, which just doesn’t appeal to them.
I’m struggling to help them.
I feel awful, but I just don’t know how to get a child to write letters, draw certain things or make up words with the paper letters I had to back onto card, laminate and cut, without totally losing my shit.
I don’t use cursive handwriting, hell I barely even handwrite anymore except for a shopping list or a random note scribbled down.
I feel I need to learn cursive before I can help my children learn it.
Then we have drawing, they both make fabulous abstract drawings; which leads us to argue over just what it is they have drawn.
Reading is another task which once the fun has been taken out of just becomes another chore distracting them from what they want to be doing.
I need help.
How do I help my kids get their homework completed without going crazy, whilst keeping it interesting enough that the children don’t lose interest?
I want to take an active, productive roll in their homework, but that the moment I just don’t know how.