Homework help for kids in Years 3 to 8

Father and son doing homework.

Guide your child to do their homework using these tried and tested questions.

Assignments: ask your child

  • how much time they think they'll have to do the assignment.
  • when the assignment's due.
  • where they think they'll start.
  • if they would like any help. (If your child needs help, suggest to them that you read through the task together to get a sense of what needs to be done.)
  • what form of work is required (eg story, oral presentation, PowerPoint presentation, poster or brochure).
  • how they can organise their research.
  • what they can do on the home computer.
  • what online research they have done or thought about.
  • where are other places they can go for research or help.
  • if they would like you to take them to the library.

Oral presentations: ask your child

  • to read through the task together to get a sense of what needs to be done.
  • what research they have done so far.
  • to rehearse it together – practise in front of a mirror, record it and listen back or rehearse in front of family members.
  • if they have created palm cards. (Old business cards or pieces of paper or cardboard about the size of business cards are a good resource to have on hand.)
  • how they can change their voice to make some points sound important.
  • if they have thought about using music or film or handouts or anything else to make the presentation stronger.
  • if they have to submit the written version as well as the spoken one. How do they think they will present it?

Different forms of writing: ask your child

  • what they think the teacher will be looking for.
  • what form it has to be in.
  • what structure they believe would be best for this task.
  • if there are any writing conventions that must be remembered.
  • to go through the different forms of questioning together to see what you both come up with. (There are six questions traditionally asked by journalists: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How?)

Remembering what they've read: ask your child

  • what they are reading it for.
  • to write down a couple of words after reading each paragraph – it will help if they need to give a summary.
  • to try writing a mind map, if they need to read and remember it for a test.

Creating a quiz: ask your child

  • to look at a few magazines to see how publishers have used some quizzes.
  • to look at some websites for ideas.

Drawing: ask your child

  • to use a combination of drawing and something else for the task, if they can.
  • if they have thought about creating a collage by cutting out some pictures from magazines and pasting them together.
  • to check out the automatic shape and drawing tools on the computer.

Translating into different languages: ask your child

  • to use any language books you may have at home or go online to one of the free translation programs.

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