To all UK Mums. Is it only me that can’t understand my 9yr olds homework? She is in Yr 4 and last week she came home with homework about conjunctive clauses and something else I can’t even rember the name of.
I got out my trusty Carol Vordermans help your kids with English book and found the correct section.
After 5 minutes I still couldn’t understand it. This will take some serious studying if I can help her with her homework.
I’m still pretty proud of my Grade B,C in English GCSE but the world has seriously advanced in 15 years. Back then people were probably doing these things in A Level not year 4!
Can little kids understand this or is it all too much?
What is a Mum to do?
I may not understand half the things she is learning but I can still help her as much as I can. Here are a few ways I try and encourage mine to love writing and help with homework:
Part of her homework was a spelling list for the next 2 months. I went through the first weeks spellings and asked her to spell them out loud. The ones she didn’t know I wrote out and blue tacked them onto the door. Now and again or everytime she walked past I asked her to look and spell them out. She quickly picked them up.
I then asked her to write each spelling down so I knew that she was using the correct letters. For example phonetically C and K sound the same so. In school they are asked too write the spellings out so it is important to make sure she is writing the correct letters.
I also asked her what the words meant and if she didn’t know to explain. I read a great quote that if a child doesn’t understand the words they are reading how can they love to read? This is something I had never thought of.
I’m happy to say she got 100% in her test.
One thing that Noori really hates is story writing, punctuation and grammar. I know she knows how to apply these but she doesn’t want to. She is so wrapped up in her story that she wants to let it all out onto paper. The two processes of thinking of the story and thinking of the punctuation is too much at once. So the pressure of both make her hate it all.
This is so sad because she has brilliant ideas and professional writers have proof readers 😉 but this is for school so we need to conform.
I bought some storyteller dice from tiger. I didn’t know if she would love or hate them but they were worth a try.
We took them home and got out our notebooks (I had to play aswell).
We rolled the first dice and it landed on a picture of a tree. We had to write one sentence with a tree in it. When we finished we both read out what we had written. Then we rolled a second dice. It landed on a picture of a bird. We wrote the second part of our story involving a bird.We then read out what we had written. And so on until we got to the sixth dice which is the last one. It was fun for both of us to write stories and see what ideas we both imagined. That night my story writing hater wrote 3 stories. As she gets used to it am slowly adding in rules that you have to start using punctuation as up to this point she was just writing with no punctuation.
Usborne Write Your Own Story Book
I love Usborne books. They are educational and well illustrated. I found this story writing book.
It starts off easily explaining how to write a story. In my day it was just beginning middle and end. Now they have to do all that and build characters, settings and scenes. This book talks them. Slowly through it. It then gives them lots of precise writing different genres of stories and comics to get them out of their comfort zone and try new writing styles. Noori actually likes this book and has written quite a few stories
The best way to get children to improve their English skills is to read, read and read some more. Let them read alone, read to them or have them read out loud.
Find books they will love. For me this is very hard as Noori is a big fuss pot with books. She will only read ;David Walliams and Roald Dahl…That is it…
But now she has read nearly all of them. I have borrowed all different kind of books from the library and she didn’t enjoy them.
Then I read about Zanib Mian’s book Planet Omar. She absolutely loved it and read it in two days. You can read our review here.
This is one book you should get your kids to read to you. It is LOL funny and everyone any age will enjoy it.
These are my tips for helping your kids with English homework and ways of getting them to love writing and reading.
Do you have any tips?
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