“It’s 12 weeks until I leave year 3” is what my (just turned) 8 year old said to me this morning as we were driving to school.
As if it’s not bad enough that he’s now in junior school, we’re already within touching distance of the end of term, meaning he will be going up another year, be another step closer to senior school, leaving home and being an actual man person.
Excuse me while I cry a little.
He is doing really well at school, and I’m very conscious that, aged 8, he isn’t bogged down with too much extra learning when he’s at home. I don’t believe in huge homework projects, or things that require he sits still for more than 10 minutes at a push, because I know he works hard all day at school doing just that, but sometimes I wonder if it’s easier for me if he’s on the iPad or outside playing, rather than doing something a bit more educational. You know, the electronic babysitter issue. Not going to lie, I like her sometimes! Parenting is a full time job and we all need a bit of time off occasionally!
As a family, I think we’re all quite ‘learny’ (yup, totally made that word up) if it’s a subject we like, it’s not a chore to learn about it, and it’s much easier to remember things when you’re enjoying what you’re doing, which is why I try to make it fun at home. Spell words before the timer goes off, read sentences backwards, write stories, sing songs to remember maths questions, do it all bouncing around on the sofa if you like, whatever floats your boat!
Another good way, for my youngest especially, is quizzes. Give him something to win and someone to go against and he is ALL UP IN YOUR GRILL *cough* – I’ve no idea where he gets his competitiveness from……
So, Educational Quizzes, to me, is a bit of a genius idea. They’ve been written by teachers and they’re for the whole family to join in, which makes it more of a game, less of homework session, therefore resulting in less groans from the under 18’s of this house.
You pay just £9.95 per month to access all the quizzes, and you can use them as often as you like, for all ages. The results are instant (so you know who the winner is, important) and you can retake them if you’re that way inclined.
There’s a section for GCSE ages, which, as a parent is when you really start to question how much you actually know, with revision help, using multiple choice quizzes as they provide the fastest route to success apparently. The format makes you think and concentrate so you don’t lose enthusiasm or focus, they also give hints and tips to help along the way.
You can find out more information about Educational Quizzes here.
Collaborative post between Life Daily & Educational Quizzes, all words are my own!
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