Two things always fill me with dread when the children start back to school – making lunches and checking homework. So I look forward to the holidays as much as they do. I especially enjoy the Christmas holidays because in December its hard getting up in the dark and fighting the urge to pack a hugely unhealthy but oh-so-much-more-convenient lunch box.
And it doesn’t end there. After school, the “checking of the homework” has to be done. When my boys were small, we had a wonderful childminder, Olivia, who was happy to do the homework with them. All we had to do was check it when we got home. Sounds ideal doesn’t it? It wasn’t! As far as the boys were concerned, they had finished their homework and they didn’t want to look at it again. They made a fair point, but as parents we needed to be sure that they were getting on ok with their classwork.
Spelling tended to be the flashpoint in homework checking. Words that they could spell at Olivia’s they might not remember later on with us. Everyone was tired and sometimes there were rows and tears. Sound familiar? So really the Christmas holidays are just as much a break from homework for the parents as for the students.
If you would like to know how to make spelling, and therefore homework, much easier, watch out for information on our Secrets to Spelling Success workshops being held in Limerick, Cork and Kerry in the new year.
In the meantime, I wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and an even better New Year. Enjoy the break!