Do you supplement your child's school learning with home learning?

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It’s almost been a month since my boys went back to school and we are well and truly back into a routine. I get up every morning (yes every morning) and do exercise and then I get the boys up and sort their breakfast before school.

By 8:30am BP has taken himself off to school and I’m heading out the door with LP in tow. At 9:00am I arrive home and have until 3:15pm to myself. Of course in this time I write posts for the blog and do other stuff.







Having the boys back at school is a welcome break after the summer and being back in a routine has done us all good. One thing I have noticed though is that my boys seem to take a few steps backwards during the summer when it comes to their academic abilities. We noticed it most with LP this year. At the end of the last school year he was well ahead of his classmates with his maths. He practiced every day and loved it. Over the summer we didn’t have a lot of time to for him to practise his maths and as a result he has gone backwards and needs to recap some things. It’s a shame really because he was doing so well. I’m not concerned because I know he will soon get back into it - in fact he has.







  • Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. 

Anthony J. D'Angelo







After weeks back at school he’s loving his maths again and I’m trying to get him to enjoy English too which he’s not so keen on. So when he’s at home, after school and at weekends, we supplement his school learning with learning at home.



For reading it’s fairly easy because he already loves reading, he’s currently reading The Hobbit on his Kindle. His handwriting is a little more difficult because he hates writing. I use various tactics to help him with this and it’s doing it every day that helps improve his handwriting most. Although I have noticed a slight difference in the writing he does at home vs the writing he does at school - his school work is much neater.

As for his maths there are various things we use - like the Smartick Method.









Smartick Method






I have written about Smartick before and I have to say I think it’s a brilliant way to supplement schoolwork. Not only does LP have daily tests which help his cognitive learning and problem solving but he gets achievements along the way too and that helps to encourage him. LP also loves the home area where he can buy things (using the in app stars) for his home an display them wherever he chooses. It’s his very own customisation and he gets so excited when he’s earned enough stars for a new item.








At 8 years old the Smartick Method has really helped LP and always makes him excited for his daily tests. Don’t get me wrong, he has his moments when he gets frustrated with it because he hasn’t read a question right or he isn’t doing what the app wants him to but generally he enjoys it.

You can get your child a subscription to Smartick Method for £39 per month, the price reduces if you want a subscription for more than one child. I would highly recommend it, particularly if your child could do with a little helping hand with their maths.




Maths Training on the Nintendo DS


A Nintendo DS game, Maths Training, surrounded by cubes with mathematical equations on them. A 3DS sits above the game and a pair of glasses sit on the table too.


Maths Training was a game we purchased many years ago, just after the Nintendo DS came out in 2005. The Hubby loved it, he’s a huge maths whizz, and played it for hours. It also helped BP when he was LP’s age and he used to practise his maths most days. Now it helps LP with his maths. It has cell calculations and incorporates addition and multiplication as well as other mathematical concepts. It also helps with writing numbers because you have to write on the screen. This was a huge help with LP in the beginning because he had trouble writing his numbers. He would often write his numbers backwards and using the Maths Training game trained him to write them properly because it wouldn’t accept the answer until he wrote them properly.

To us Maths and English are two core subjects that need to be pushed. I’m lucky that both my boys are quite good at these subjects and enjoy them but even if they didn’t I would still be encouraging further learning at home.






  • The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.

Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!





I know the general consensus these days is that children should be allowed to be children and in some ways I agree. I think that children should be given the opportunity to explore the outdoors and have fun. I agree that children shouldn’t have to sit silly tests in order to place them in a list. But - I think we should push our children to try harder. I believe we should teach our children to persevere which seems to be something the younger generations lack.



2 boys and their father play mini golf in Highfields Park in Nottingham. The father is taking his shot close to the hole as the youngest boy watches.



We supplement our boys’ school learning with home learning, and that doesn’t just include the things I’ve mentioned. We let them watch the news with us in a morning and that often results in them asking about things. These can range from political questions to economical ones and the Hubby often ends up discussing complicated economical issues.

We also discuss things during our weekly drive to visit family. The topics we talk about range from dinosaurs to music choices and what it takes to be a “rock star”.

As parents we believe that giving our children a wide range of experiences can expand the topics they’re aware of and help them see the wider world for what it is.

So, do you supplement your child’s school learning with home learning?


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16 comments:

  1. Wow. I thought I'd read wrong at £39 a month. That's way more than an entire subscription for an ENTIRE SCHOOL to My Maths or similar programmes, that also allow a parents login. Have you tried asking if your school has a parents log in to the programme they usually use, they usually do? I think many parents won't be able to afford this. The children I taught wouldn't be able too. Sorry but my phone contracts half this and this is one programme. I love maths apps and computer packages, they're really interactive and do work and encourage home practice. I do think backing up learning at home is great but in a fun way. They've spent all day at school. #PoCoLo

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    1. Thanks lovely. Yes, it's expensive - but this one changes the questions it asks constantly so the children don't get used the same types of questions. Totally agree that learning at home needs to be fun too. :)

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  2. Great post Morgan. It is always great to help the children out wherever we can, isn't it. I like to make learning fun so it encourages them too :) That is a great quote. Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop :)

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  3. My girls play games on the computer. Usually one's from the schools website. They are fun but also educational. Win/win. #PoCoLo

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    1. Sounds great Kim, definitely worth doing. :)

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  4. My son is forever reading and loves non-fiction stuff so not to worried. The only working on is his creative and trying to use his imagination more (which I think is just as important as educational type based learning) X #pocolo

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    1. Totally agree, encouraging their imagination is so important. I know that it's a little harder with boys, my eldest really struggled with this at one time. x

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  5. I think reading is one of the most important thing - a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.

    https://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

    #pocolo

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I agree. My eldest doesn't really like reading, despite us encouraging him. I'm just glad LP loves to read.

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  6. Hi Morgan, it's been a long while since I've helped with any homework, but when the children were small I did encourage reading in English and Greek, which is how I learned to read Greek really (not that my Greek is any good at all!). My daughter has always been a book worm, my son not so much. Perseverance is a good thing to teach any child, it is all too easy to give up when something isn't easy, which could be down to the ease of technology!

    #PoCoLo

    x

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    1. Thanks Debbie, I've still got lots of years of helping with homework but I enjoy it so that's okay! xx

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  7. Our 8 yo is learning violin which she enjoys. She does her homework generally when asked to and thats where the learning stops at home. Tbh though in her earlier years we did a lot of eyfs at home without realising - counting, rhyming, reading. I do think we can put too much pressure on our children at home but then they need to up their game with government benchmarks. What to do... Thanks for hosting #pocolo

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    1. Oh wow that's so cool! I remember when BP attended the school that LP attends they got a chance to learn instruments but they seem to have dropped it now so LP doesn't get that opportunity unfortunately. I totally agree that we can put too much pressure on them, but I think if you help them without pushing them (if that's possible) it's a good thing. We encourage our boys to do their best, no matter what that means.

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  8. My daughters are yet to attend school but this is something I'm considering even now! Is it too much for them or not?! #PoCoLo

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    1. Ah you have it all to come Helena. I think when they're very young (under 6) the pressure can be too much and they may start to hate school but as they get older and start to want to learn it's good to encourage that learning at home too. :)

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