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Primary School Homework - how to help

Parenting & Education in Ireland Primary School Homework - how to help

Every school will have its own policy in relation to homework. Similarly, every home should have one! The best policies are those that are worked out jointly, between all interested parties. The key is to establish a routine and stick to it, with no or few exceptions to the rule. If you have concerns about your child’s progress, or if there is a persistent problem for your child in doing certain homework, you should always discuss it with the teacher.

Some helpful tips The following tips might help:
  • Agree on a set time for homework with your child. Give them some element of choice e.g. homework is done between 5.30 and 7.30 each evening, but the children start and finish at a time of their choosing, within that time frame.
  • When you’ve made decisions together, stick to them until they need to be reviewed. This applies to everything, not just homework issues!
  • Make sure they’re sitting comfortably at a table
  • Be consistent. Discuss, monitor, check and sign homework every night if possible, but at least very regularly. Better to spend 5 minutes every night than to leave it for three weeks and then spend 2 hours at it!
  • The child should be encouraged to complete the homework, working independently
  • It is best, though not always possible, for both parents to be involved in a child’s school life and homework, but not at the same time. Children should see that both parents are interested and involved in their education. It may be more difficult for one parent than the other to be available every evening but effort should be made to find some participative role suitable to all parties
  • Try to avoid confrontation with children over homework. If you’re getting impatient, it’s best to stop and try to come back to it a little later
  • Allow children to make mistakes. Rather than correct them all the time, encourage them to find and correct their own mistakes. Children must be able to accept that making mistakes is part of the learning process and it’s important that they are willing to go back and try a different method or approach.
  • If your child is having genuine difficulty, try to help them but don’t exceed the allotted time. Make contact with the teacher, explaining that your child honestly worked for the allotted time. If you can, point out the child’s specific difficulties.
  • If you display undue anxiety about children’s schoolwork or homework, it creates tension within the child. Acknowledge and respect their effort, honesty and enthusiasm. This way, children will progress and develop at their own pace, in a safe and relaxed environment

The benefits of homework Homework will tend have a specific purpose and will be given consistently, in small quantities. It is extremely useful for a number of reasons:
  • It acts as a form of communication between school and home
  • It allows you to see how your child is progressing in different areas
  • It helps to develop the child’s self-discipline
  • It helps a child to become an independent learner
  • It is helpful to revise or reinforce work done in school
  • It may be used to finish work that was begun in school
Don’t judge your child’s teacher by the amount of homework he or she gives! Valuable school time can be ineffectively used if too much homework needs to be corrected. Some time guidelines on a class by class basis

The infant classes will not get homework. Parents of children in the infant classes are always encouraged to read stories to and with their children as often as possible, to play games with them (not educational games necessarily) and even watch television with them.
In 1st and 2nd class, twenty minutes per night, in one or two subject areas, with a little reading should be sufficient. In 3rd and 4th class, this goes up to forty minutes and typically, in 5th and 6th class, homework time will not exceed one hour.

Your role The NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and assessment) produced a really useful booklet to coincide with the introduction of the 1999 Primary School Curriculum. As regards homework it contains the following:
As a parent, you have an important role to play in:
  • Encouraging your child’s work
  • Observing their work
  • Looking over completed work and signing it

Try to make sure that children make an honest effort to do the homework without assistance. If they have a difficulty, your help should generally take the form of prompting and guiding them towards completing the task that is set. If you have given them a reasonable amount of help and they still cannot complete the task, you can help best by writing a note to the teacher telling him/her of the child’s difficulties”. Ref: Your child’s learning – Guidelines for parents, NCCA 1999.

Source: The Essential Parent’s Guide to the Primary School Years by Brian Gilsenan, published by Primary ABC.

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Homework books for schools

Homework Made Simple

Workabooks are a range of 10 homework books in literacy and mathematics. There are 5 books for each subject for Years 2 to 6. They will simplify how you set homework and maximise the opportunities for learning and revision.

“I can’t imagine us doing homework any other way now.” Jo Puddy Wells, Head Teacher

"Workabooks are perfect for consolidating, practising and revisiting what’s been learned in the classroom. They are a really good learning resource.” Mrs S Nettey, Head Teacher, Princess Frederica PrimarySchool, Brent, London

“Implementing both literacy and numeracy works out at about 26p per child per week. I think that is money well spent!” Ian Young, Head Teacher

Workabooks are bought and issued by schools, with every child having their own copy to keep and complete. Each week, teachers can select which Workabook tasks to set as homework. These are divided into learning exercises, practice exercises and thinking tasks:

• Learning exercises are manageable, bite-sized chunks of learning

• Practice exercises consolidate class work and reinforce the learning facts

• Thinking tasks apply the learning to everyday life

Most children should be able to complete one of each of these tasks every week within the homework times suggested by the DCFS; the content complies with the Revised Primary National Strategies.

Schools like the fact that they offer a simple, single solution to implementing homework; they’re using them to establish consistent standards of homework school-wide.

Teachers like Workabooks because they simplify the setting of homework and dramatically reduce preparation time. With Workabooks, homework becomes an extension of classwork, consolidating the work already done.

Children take pride in owning their own Workabook and get a sense of achievement from working their way through the tasks. Workabooks introduce them to the responsibilities of managing their time and working independently. Over the course of the year, their Workabooks build into a record of their personal work and achievements.

Parents and carers are enthusiastic about Workabooks because they can see clearly what their child is learning. This clarity and simplicity encourages them to get even more involved in their child’s education.

Whether it’s done at home or in an after-school club, alone or with help, Workabook homework is always engaging, always relevant.

  • Valuable curriculum-based homework resource
  • Compliant with national maths/literacy strategies
  • Cost effective, convenient and time saving
  • Promotes pupil ‘ownership’ of homework
  • Encourages parental support and participation

Homework Stress

Homework Stress

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The author's comments:

This is what todays teachers are like. There are good teachers out there but in todays time thery are very rare. We want to learn, no to fail in life

Every day teachers hand out homework to kids expecting them to do it once they get home and drop everything they had planned to do their homework. 86% of kids at schools at least get one missing assignment per month some have a lot more. I believe teachers should talk out what assignments before they give them out. Lots of the time teachers give out homework in every class not even caring about what the homework other teachers gave us. Just last week I was the most stressed that I have ever been in my life. Our teacher gave us four projects to do in two weeks! I did little on the first week because I like to go outside and play with my friends. When the last week came I stopped meeting my friends, I didn’t go downstairs and out of my room to socialize with my family because I had to stay in my room and do homework. When you talk to your parents they usally say they were always outside playing but in today’s world homework stops that from kids playing. This causes obesity.

The other subject I don’t like about schools is tests. We write words that are on the bored into our notebooks for tests and not knowing what we are writing down. The problem is some teachers think if they write something on the bored students will remember it for a lifetime. The teachers that get kids to have an A in their class are the good ones. They always teach the kids what the subject is and this makes it a lot less stressful for the students, and even the teachers. The teachers are happier about their students and their teaching ability. Teachers should learn that if a lot of students get A’s in their classes then they are doing a good job. Some teachers think that they are doing well if they have a couple of kids working their buts off to get an A and the rest D’s and F’s. If teachers do that then only few students of that class are learning new things and the rest are failing and not being able to learn new things.

If teachers of the world understood the stress of students and remember when they were little maybe they would teach kids better. When kids think what they last learned two months ago its hard because school is based off learning short term memory subjects to pass a test. I cannot remember what I learned about the Egyptians because it was all based off short term memory. Teachers need to learn to help us learn instead of writing things out of the book and making us study things we do not understand.


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HW-HATER said.
Feb. 29, 2012 at 4:11 am

during february break i had a take home test from ss, an essay in spanish, and in science i had to create a model of so2, write a page about it and an essay about bonding. Its so stupid how they give so much hw during break and plus i was going away pretty much the whole week. so where does that leave me? stressed out to the max.

That Person. said.
Jan. 9, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I get home. I do homework. I eat, drink, use the bathroom, shower, and sleep in between homework. I get on an average 5 hours of sleep. I go to school before the sun comes up and when I return home, I do more homework. After almost a half of a year, my academics, health, and overall love of life have declined. Even now, i still have 3+ hours of rigorous hw to do and I still get B's. (hard classes) I'm generally ambitious, but this hw is seriously damaging my life. I'm talking around 8 hou. (more » )

That Person. replied.
Jan. 9, 2012 at 9:09 pm

oh yea, grammer mistakes make me paranoid. it's "awww *I've* written too much. " and this is no exaggeration, hyperbole, whatever. It's hard to function with all this hw.

Homework books for schools

Homework during the school year will have multiple forms:

- Homework located in take-home folders will have a practice focus. All students will receive the same practice work in their folders. Focuses typically include handwriting (with proper formation), letter/sound practice, sight word work and basic math practice. Homework will usually go home on Thursday and be returned to school on Tuesday. This allows families time on the weekends if week nights are especially busy. (We will begin by the first week of September.)

- In addition to weekly homework books, your child may bring home occasional homework that is tailored to his/her needs. For example: If your child needs help with fine motor skills and handwriting, this type of activity may come home in his/her folder. If your child needs extra support with counting, you might find some math homework with this skill coming home. If your child is working on an advanced skill, he/she may bring home activities related to those needs. These activities will indicate when they are due back to school and/or how long to work on them.

* Class work review

- Class work is always checked by Mrs .Jones and, when needed, notes are made at the top of the work. Please pay attention to these notes and use them as an opportunity to further support your child's growth in that area at home.

* Homework should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. It should never become a frustrating experience for your child. Specifically on handwriting, please focus on accuracy more than perfect appearance. I'd rather see half of an assignment completed correctly, than all of it finished messily or with improper formation or mistakes.

* Participation in homework goes towards the effort grade your child receives on his/her report card for reading, writing, and math areas.

* Please ask if you have any questions regarding homework. I am happy to answer them and provide you with ideas and support when needed.

Student Planners

myHomework for Schools Better Organization
Better Grades

Student usage of the myHomework app promotes better organization, accountability, and self-discipline resulting in improved academic performance.

Many schools choose to use myHomework as a substitute for the paper planner when the school adopts a BYOD or 1:1 device strategy to:

  • Grow planning and organizational skills
  • Eliminate missing assignments
  • Reduce stress/anxiety for students
  • Improve college & career readiness

Cost Effective: Most schools are $3.50 per student per year.

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Fill out the form below. We will contact you shortly to answer questions and learn more about your school(s).

Benefits Convenient Access to Important Information

Post the school handbook and other important information where they're easy to reference.

Visibility into Student & Teacher Behavior

Administrative reporting on student and teacher usage makes it easy to understand if the tool is being used according to the implementation plan.

Promote School Culture

Brand the app with the school logo and colors to build school pride.

Provide Individualized Support

Counselor view makes it easy to see how a student is using their planner and even set assignments for them.

Informed Students

Schoolwide announcements are perfect for news and headlines that all students should know about.

Easy to Implement

Multiple implementation options to fit the needs of your school. No integration or IT skills necessary.

Eliminate Confusion & Teach the Value of Organization

Student control and optional teacher entry set up students for success.

Replacing Planners is Quick and Easy

No Delivery Dates. No Reprints. No more out of date materials.

Student Support

With myHomework for schools, it's easy to support struggling and at-risk students with their organization and time management skills. Below is how schools have told us they commonly use myHomework as an effective intervention.

  • Tier 3: Need Intense Support Provide individualized support, planning and organization through counselor tooling and in person meetings.
  • Tier 2: Need More Guidance Than Tier 1 Send groups of students assignments around goal setting, time management and other effective interventions. Periodically check student progress.
  • Tier 1: 80% of Students Introduce all students to the benefits of using the myHomework app and allow most students to use it how they want.

"We currently use an LMS extensively for each class but I love using myHomework app with the students that are falling behind or struggling with time management." --School Counselor, NC

How it Works

Students use the myHomework app to stay organized. Faculty use the myHomework companion, Teachers.io, to access administrative features, keep track of student usage, and share information with the students.

A few of the more popular myHomework implementations.

  • - Students responsible for all entry
  • - Teachers at lower grade levels enter assignments while older students enter their own
  • - A single subject’s teachers like math or social studies will agree to enter all the homework and students optionally enter information for their other classes
  • - Collegiate success departments providing support programs to 1st year or at risk students
  • - Struggling and/or special education students are required to use myHomework and have regular meetings with the appropriate educator(s) to review their usage
  • - Teachers are required to enter their lesson plans and the principal can check compliance and quality of lessons from anywhere/anytime.
  • - Teachers will enter all assignments

The following video is a brief demonstration of myHomework for schools. There are more videos of myHomework here .

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Our whole school expanded to 1:1 iPads last year and our teachers extensively use an LMS but we saw a growing problem with organization and missed assignments with the students.

I have just seen a demonstration of the usefulness of the My Homework app by a parent of a child at our High School. It looks extremely impressive, effective and easy to use.

Great app! It's easy to use and provides the ability to link Dropbox and Google Drive to share instructions, notes, practice, etc. It also sends out reminders for ss on tests and quizzes. Thanks!

This app has given me my planning period back! I upload everything we do in class (bell ringers, notes, and homework assignments) to this app. When the students are absent, the log onto their student component "myHomework" and get everything they missed. Then, when they get to their practice problems, the ask for help only when they get stuck because they have all the resources for that lesson already! Now my planning period isn't monopolized! I can plan and do other things teachers need to do like grade papers!.

I love the fact that students have "no excuses" about what is assigned and when it is due, as long as they look at it!

I have been using this app with my 150 high school students and I love it. I give assignments, attach notes, and communicate with this app.

Our staff is all using this with myHomework to form an agenda for all students. Very easy to add/edit assignments, lessons, test info, and announcements. Highly recommend from a 7th grade science teacher.

I found this today, made a Teachers.io account, and announced the myHomework app--by 6th period I already had 16 students sign up. Really nice appearance and easy to use. Thanks!

Teachers.io makes communicating with students seamless. We are implementing it for our whole school. The developers know what teachers and students need and actively work to make us better.

Teachers.io is one of the best thought out apps out there for teachers. The app is clean and intuitive. Also, with the addition of myHomework, another app from the same company, schools/teachers can not go wrong with this purchase! This is a great app that removes the barriers that educators have when wanting to provide the BEST experience for students to receive classwork/homework. No More Excuses!


Learning From Home

Learning From Home

EducationCity.com is transforming teaching and learning, and improving children's education with its interactive learning materials.

Click here or on the image to visit Education City. Login details will be in your reading/homework diary

  • Trusted and used in over 15,500 schools in the UK and worldwide
  • Teaching resources including topic tools, learn screens and activity sheets aligned to core curriculum topics and objectives
  • Modules cover Maths. Literacy. Science. French. German. Spanish and English as an additional language .
  • Plan lessons at home with free home access for teachers
  • Teachers are given full support and training through online resources, telephone and face to face training
  • Can support learning for targeted individual pupils that qualify for the Pupil Premium

Bitesize is the name given to the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age students in the United Kingdom. It is designed to aid students in both school work and, for older students, exams. Bitesize is available on a variety of platforms including the web and mobile phones

Click here or on the image to visit BBC Bitesize

Click here or on the image to visit MyMaths. Login details will be in your reading/homework diary.

What is MyMaths ?

MyMaths is an online maths teaching and learning aid, which helps schools to set homework and allows pupils to do their homework at home, over the internet, at their own pace. Additional practice can be done at your own pace and games are available for fun learning.

It seems a lot, what happened to the old way of working with homework books?

MyMaths allows the teacher, to set differentiated homework for pupils within the same class. The teachers' screen in MyMaths allows them to see all homework set, completed and scores at the touch of a button and helps them to assess where your child is at any given time.

Will maths disappear from the homework book now?

No. MyMaths is a supplementary aid to the classroom maths lesson given to your child. Maths homework is set via MyMaths and is completed by your child online. Scores and what your child has done are available to the teacher, to you as a parent and your child, any time online. Only homework which helps your child through their level will be set this way. Other maths homework, not available in MyMaths will continue to be set in the homework book.

How do I know what level my child is?

Your child’s level is given to them in class and is written in the homework book. If in doubt, please check with your teacher and make sure the latest level is recorded in the homework book for future reference.

How do we know homework has been set?

When you go into MyMaths, the main screen will show the set homework on this first screen. It will either say Homework or Booster Pack and when you click on it, it will take you to the maths questions which have been set for your child. The only time this will be empty is when it has been completed or is in the process of being marked or being set, for example on a Wednesday or Thursday.

What happens if my child struggles with homework, at any level, what can we do?

MyMaths is no different to other subjects. If you believe that the homework, in any subject is too easy or too hard or is taking too long, please make a note in your child’s homework book before it is handed in on Wednesday morning. The teacher can then assess all comments and respond accordingly. If your child is stuck on a particular aspect, you can work together through the tutorial before they have a go at the homework.

My child and I forget sometimes about the homework timetable?

All homework, including MyMaths, is usually set on Friday and MyMaths should be visible on the screen on Friday night. If this is not happening and you cannot see it, try again the next morning. If by Monday, no homework can be seen, then please write this in the homework book and see the teacher first thing on Monday morning so this can be recorded and put right before Monday evening.

Can we play the games and do the booster packs without waiting for them to be set?

Yes, we encourage you to try the games and any booster packs which are at the appropriate level. Please remember that some maths subjects will not have been covered in class so these should be undertaken with that thought in mind. We want to encourage practice in maths but do not wish to see children pushed into doing lots of practice for which they haven’t been given the correct strategies.

We sometimes don’t get time to do all the questions in a section, but when we went back the ones we had completed were not there?

MyMaths works on sections of questions being completed in one go. When you have completed them all, you must press the “Checkout” button on the left hand side to update the results page. If you don’t press this the results will not be entered and recorded against your child’s name. Also you must complete the set of questions per section, so if there are two questions both of these must be completed. If you only do one question, and then just exit MyMaths. the work your child has done will be lost and will have to be done again. Just remember, always press “checkout” at the end of doing all the questions per section. It reminds you at the end of each completed section - with a flashing message.

When I look at the results the scores have not been updated?

This happens if you have just checked out of the questions and returned to the main screen in MyMaths. You can either logout and back in again to see the scores – this happens automatically, or if your child wants to see them straight away, then press the “Refresh” button at the bottom of the page and they will get their results and a record of the completed homework. You don’t need to press refresh if you don’t want to, as the system automatically updates on logging out.

Anything else I should know?

No. Just remember the level of your child corresponds to the level of homework they would normally expect to be set. Children will not be set the same homework in the same class, so asking other parents about a particular question or query may not be applicable. Your teacher sets the homework, so use the homework book for feedback and comments. Do not hesitate to book an appointment with the teacher if you feel you have something further to discuss – we are here to help.

e-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at St Michael's Catholic Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place in school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material.

Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed in accordance with our e-Safety policy. e-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

It’s essential to be realistic - banning the internet or technology will not work and it often makes a child less likely to report a problem. Education around safe use is essential.

Please note that no search engine is ever 100% safe but below provides some links to some “safer” search engines:

Google also offers a safer search option for children searching on the Internet.

When children are accessing games via Xbox LIVE, privacy settings can be set up.

CEOP (The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre) delivers a multi-agency service dedicated to tackling the abuse and exploitation of children in the real and ‘e’ world. Often it is referred to as an online 999. By clicking on the button, young people and parents can get advice on a range of issues such as viruses, hacking and dealing with bullying online.

Vodafone have produced a Digital Parenting Magazine which informs parents about the various technologies children are accessing today. There is information on Facebook settings, Xbox360 settings, Blackberry controls and much more 'How to Guides'. Well worth a read!

The “Thinkuknow” website is brought to you by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre.

Kidsmart gives you lots of advice on how to stay safe online.

Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework - Book Review

For many parents, homework produces a battlefield of reluctance and discontent. Free from the constraints and rules of the classroom, children don't want to be pressured into completing yet more work, but deadlines have been set and teachers are expecting homework books to be handed in on time.

Of course we want our children to succeed at school - what rational parent wouldn't want their son or daughter to achieve the grades that will later land them their dream job? Yet when the task of ensuring homework is completed satisfactorily - and on time - becomes an unpleasant chore when compared with the lure of the latest videogame or playing out with friends, how can we convince our little loved ones to try their best and settle down to tackle the task?

Through Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework. Noel Janis-Norton sets out a programme for parents to help daily homework become a stress-free and enjoyable experience, one which can have lasting effects on our children's ability to learn and on our own skills as educators in the home.

As a keen supporter of my own children's education, I decided to review this book for Glamumous readers so you can get a better idea of how this programme operates, and why you may find it useful in developing your own homework tactics.

Our children's education is far too important to leave up to the schools

In the early chapters of Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework. Janis-Norton explains why working with our children at home is essential in helping them reach their academic potential. While current research enables us to ensure all children could reach their full potential, policies and teaching methods take time to catch up and in the meantime school pupils are missing out.

No teacher, no matter how gifted or dedicated, will care about a particular child's sucess as much as the parents of that child will.

She explains how parents need to "take charge" of their children's education by working with them at home. Training our children to adopt good habits and help them break down chunks of learning into "micro-skills" are essential tactics. We don't need to teach the subject matter learnt in school; instead we should help our children develop the skills required for them to learn more effectively through one-to-one supervision: a feat which cannot easily be achieved in the classroom where time and resources are often limited.

There are no shortcuts! But there are long-term benefits.

Those who skip directly to the chapters explaining the essential homework rules and routines will quickly surmise that there is no quick and fast way to tackling poor homework habits.

Janis-Norton explains that homework should not be rushed, and that parents should try to build in extra time instead to ensure homework is completed properly. Consistency is key - children should be expected to do some form of educational work for six out of the seven days in each week - even in the school holidays - to reduce resistance and ensure skills are properly overlearned .

Building up to one hour a day for primary school children and up to two hours for secondary school children is the ideal amount of time required. To many this may seem like a huge amount of time to set aside after school on a daily basis, though I recall my secondary school form tutor explaining that at age 14 we should be spending the equivalent of half our school day revising the day's learning to ensure it sank in. The previous homework guidelines suggested by the government support this, though as Janis-Norton states unequivocally, homework should take the amount of time suggested by your child's school. No more and certainly no less.

At least in the early days of establishing the new homework rules, parents are expected to supervise and be involved in their child's practise. "Think-throughs" and "reflective praise" are essential concepts to helping our children learn the vital skills required for successful completion of homework. In my opinion, the key concept of Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework is teaching parents the skills they need to teach their children how to learn more effectively, and in that this book is a perfect success!

Refined advice for specific improvements

The later chapters of the book offer practical advice for helping children improve particular skills required for effective learning.

Section Three explains key concepts to help us teach our children how to learn. from improving self-reliance, through to memorising and thinking more effectively. These skills form a sound basis for improved learning in all subjects, as well as making homework a more enjoyable and rewarding experience for our children.

Section Four targets Literacy which, as Janis-Norton explains,is the "foundation for school success". From improving listening skills (which helps children absorb more information from their formal teachings) through to developing important writing techniques and suggestions to improve handwriting, these chapters provide excellent advice in areas where our children may need it most and a sound reference for continued refinement throughout the education journey.

I particularly enjoyed reading Chapter 17 which focuses on developing writing skills. In recent weeks, Princess has expressed reluctance in writing any more than a couple of sentences which surprised me as in most areas of school she is not only competent but enthusiastic. After some reflective listening. I realised she was having trouble organising her ideas on paper, and we found the "mind-mapping" technique from this chapter to be an excellent suggestion which helped Princess feel almost instantly more confident about getting back to writing after the half-term holiday!

Another section of this chapter I was very grateful for is the list of writing types which children are expected to master. Since Princess doesn't seem to get much (if any!) formal homework, I found this to be an excellent reference for micro-skills we can work through together at home. I would have dearly loved to find a list of suggested micro-skills for mathematics, though suspect the age range for this guide is too great to clarify what would likely be a rather long list!

My overall opinion of Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework

This is by no means the only book I have read in regards to children's education, nor have we yet had sufficient time to prove these techniques work, but I do strongly believe the blurb on the front cover: that this a "revolutionary programme that transforms homework"!

It did take me rather longer to read (and absorb) this title than I'd anticipated (I'd hoped to post this review some days ago!) though I believe this is due to Janis-Norton's authoring technique which makes us stop to consider the ideas she presents rather than simply skip through them. This makes me feel that I have learned rather a lot about the rules and routines which can transform homework in our house from something which is dreaded and rushed into an ordered daily routine which we can possibly enjoy - and the children will certainly benefit from!

Many references to Janis-Norton's earlier title, Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting are made throughout this homework guide which at times is a little jarring (especially since I have not read the accompanying title, nor have it to hand). I would certainly like to read it though, since it seems this may be a useful companion guide.

Disclaimer. I was sent a copy of this book to review by the book publisher in exchange for the honest and impartial review expressed in this post.

Review Details

Reviewed by: Amanda Kennedy
Review date. 21st February 2013

Rating. 4.5 out of 5

What do you think?

Have you read Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework? If so, what are your opinions on the ideas presented in this book? Have Janis-Norton's parenting or homework techniques been of benefit to you and your family?

Please feel free to leave your thoughts, comments and suggestions - I would love to hear your thoughts about this book and the methods which may or may not have worked for you.