I’ve always tried to be a hands on mum when it comes to my kid’s education, trying out various ways of keeping the learning going at home. Having 2 teachers in the family is a huge bonus and working in a primary school for a few years certainly helped.
But it’s a fine line between letting them have wind down time and making sure that they’re not falling behind. it’s a formula which I’m still yet to discover. And summer holidays are one of those times of the year when I’ve really had to have a plan in place so that they haven’t returned in September, slipping back 6 weeks or so with their attainment.
So what’s my plan, my tried and tested plan?
It’s simple, keep it fun.
I’m sure I’m not alone in having children who resist the suggestion of doing anything ‘school like’ at home. And while I could probably be quoted myself as joining in with the
we didn’t have this much homework in my day and I turned out alright
debate. I’m also a firm believer that if you show interest in their school life, they will do better. It’s been proved that parental engagement in learning help them to achieve in school. So aside from the standard summer holiday dairy which they have both had to do in the past, over many summers. I’ve found websites where they can join in with fun, interactive learning, meeting them at their own love of technology as well as downloading resources to do away from their screens.
Putting Pen To Paper
Twinkl resources have a great selection of free downloadable things which you can do at home, even take away on holiday. As well as fun quizzes and revision notes from sites such as Education Quizzes. These websites are perfect for following the curriculum when home schooling too!
Educational and fun screen time.
The added bonus of Education Quizzes is that you can embrace any pleas for the iPad or if you’re travelling and want to fit in a quick top up to help then to go over any learning they’ve done at school. You have always got it at the touch of a button / finger.
My 12 year old loves showing me how much he knows and when he’s got the answer wrong, the correct one is revealed straight away. (So he can redo the test getting top marks, is that cheating?) He’s actually more for this type of learning and revision that writing, much like his older brother who has just completed pretty much all of his revision online using websites such as BBC Bitesize! ( I won’t bang on about that one as that’s pretty common knowledge)
Both options come with teacher endorsements, with Education Quizzes actually being written by teachers themselves. (They also have the option of downloading test sheets, great if you’d like to start preparing for the 11+ entrance exam.)
How much will this cost me?
Education Quizzes falls in at £7.50 a month which probably equates to all the revision books I’ve bought over the years and have need 5 minute wonders. But for anyone with some serious bargaining power at school it’s worth bringing them to the schools attention as they can sign-up students for as little as £2.00 per year. This is a miniscule proportion of the £4,500+ that each school is paid for each student each year and will show OFSTED they mean business when it comes to encouraging school and parent engagement.
Twinkl starts off with a free plan which you can upgrade to access further resources but you will have to bear the printer and paper costs with this one.
Just to clarify, I’m not telling you that as a parent you should be sitting your child down once a day and insist they do some homework, if that works for you, great. But in my experience, I’ve found it better to plan our summer holiday penciling in slots of the week where my guys know it’s a time to sit and just touch base with some homework.
More more importantly, it has to be fun. Sit down with a subject from Education Quizzes and turn it into a game, letting them show off their skills, you might just be surprised how much you learn!
This is a collaborative post