Impressive homework is a wonderful thing – teacher’s love it. Flip your thinking; focus on free time and wrap the work round the edges. You’ll be surprised at the impact it will have.
1) Supper first – if it’s possible to get it together early enough (which is good) then they can leave work until afterwards.
2) Plan free time. There’s no harm in gaming – but some games are more stressful than others. Allow your child to be the judge of what he or she can handle. Balance the free time, so outside and sunshine can be part of the deal.
3) Agree bedtime routine stuff…perhaps a couple of speedy maths games on a laptop or iPad, followed by at least 15 minutes reading.
And now for a quick trampolining fact. It turns out that this is the perfect way to break up homeworks. If your child has brain fug and is staring anxiously at the page – turf them out on to the trampoline. The aim is to bounce on the central point and not to stray from side to side. 3 minutes of that as a proper exercise and their brain will be re-set and ready to go.