Homework is generally part of any English course and is set with the aim of helping children absorb and build on work done in class and to extend their learning time. Doing homework also helps children on their way to becoming independent learners. Here are some ideas for using LearnEnglish Kids for homework.
Homework and parents
Homework provides a link between school and home. Parents like to see what their children are learning and children, especially very young learners, often like to show parents what they can do.
If you are setting homework from LearnEnglish Kids you need to get parents involved as their children will need permission to use the internet at home. It might be a good idea to begin setting homework from LearnEnglish Kids following a meeting with parents where you have told them about the site. The ideal scenario for learners using the website to do their English homework would be to have a parent or guardian sitting with them as they do it, offering encouragement and support and sharing in the learning process. In reality this may not always be the case, but if parents are at least aware of how they can help their children learn and practise their English at home, we’re increasing the chances of it happening.
Parents who want to know more about how to help their child with English at home might be interested in the ‘Helping your child’ section on LearnEnglish Kids Parents site:http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents. This section includes downloadable booklets for parents, available in English and several other languages, explaining how young children learn languages.