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The dreaded homework routine - Maple Education

Monday, 03 November 2014

The dreaded homework routine

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It’s hard when you are a busy parent to always keep on top of their work and studies, however checking their homework diary and making sure they are actually doing work after school is essential in the long run of their education. 74% of parents start the September term being vigilant but by November, they have given up or slacked on monitoring their child. Here is how to avoid that. 
  1. Set an official weekly/ twice monthly time and date to go through academics with your child – write it on the fridge if you have, so you can both remember it. In this meeting you can ask what topics your child is learning, what recent grades they got in tests and what they are struggling on.
  2. Make sure you are signing their homework diary if necessary – it’s sad but many children actually forge their parents’ signature oh dear!
  3. Set aside a ‘no TV, no computer and no mobile time’ every day. This of course depends how old your child is and how much of an independent learner she is.  But let’s face it, if you were 9 years old would you choose algebra over Xbox?   Having an IT-free hour or two each day, fosters a life-long disciplined and structured approach to work.

Chris Garnett

Chris Garnett is the Chief Executive Officer of Maple Education, responsible for operations, finance and exams. A social entrepreneur, Chris co-founded and managed an ethical fashion business from 2000 to 2009. In the 1980s Chris had her own successful office management business in Canada.

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