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Smarter Mom: Best Homework Apps

Posted by on Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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Oh, homework. Actually, in Kiddo's school, they call it "extended lessons." Have also heard it referred to as "extended work." Kind of doesn't matter what you call it, it needs to be done at home, without the prying eyes of a teacher. Some kids love doing it and have no problem keeping tasks and studying straight, while others need a bit of guidance. Even though I enjoyed doing homework back in the day, I would have loved some of these apps growing up to help me organize, well, me. See if any of these will help your kids -- admittedly, these are for tweens and teens, but you could get it on your phone for your eight year old who is just learning how to juggle studying for quizzes and soccer practice.

myHomework - With a great calendar, you can track classes (a cool thing if your kiddo has a rotating schedule), when assignments are due and more. Bonus: it's free!

iHomework - There are so many ways to use this app. It has a homework tracker, an alert system, as well as a cool way to keep definitions or certain paragraphs from reading assignments, and track to-dos, helpful for long-term assignments or just daily schedules.

Dictionary.com - Really, if you are using the family computer, and your son needs help with an essay or to look up a word, download this app and the dictionary and thesaurus are at his fingertips, literally. Named one of the ‘Top 10 Back-To-School Apps" by Time Magazine, I may get it for my work!

Did you like doing homework as a kid? How about your kids -- do they like it? How do you get them excited about it?

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LifeCafe42
by on Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:00 AM

cool thank goodness ds doesn't have homework yet but when he does it'll be usefull

anotherandree
by Inga on Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM

I wonder if it's available in Android and not just iPhone.

lil_mama06
by Brian's Lil Vixen on Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM

We use dictionary.com alot..And Bree and Val are/were my 2 that didn't like to do homework. Not sure how Sarah is going to be like since she's in Kinder..And Katie,Cass and Andie don't mind homework..But I'm the type that will sit down with them and look over their homework and help if the need arises..But Katie is graduated,Cassie in 10th and Andie in 8th, not much to be done anymore...

mom2jessnky
by on Aug. 15, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Neat, I think my kids are still too young for those... they seem better suited for 6th grade and up.

 I'm against homework. Homework is just busy work for most kids. The only time a child (outside of projects) should get homework is if/when they need extra help in a certain area. Like Handwriting or if the Math lesson didn't sink in during school. Otherwise it's just time wasting busy work, and I'm against homework for the sake of homework. All it does is waste my time and my kids' time.

Many teachers agree with me on this too, and many studies have been done showing little to no benefit from homework for most kids. If your kid is struggling with math, yes they should get math homework, but the kid that is NOT struggling with math shouldn't get that homework.

I know the arguement I'll get. What about spelling words? Again, only some kids actually need to study those. My oldest, since 1st grade when they started, has never taken a spelling test, she gets the word list, takes the practice test on Tuesday (with everyone) and aces it. I have never once studied spelling words with her. Sees it, knows it, nails it. If you pass the practice test, you don't take the real one on Friday (everywhere we've been at least). Making her do spelling homework each night completely wastes her time, she knows how to spell those words.  My youngest otoh does need to study her spelling words, but should everyone be given spelling homework because of her? NO. Send the list home, we'll study if we need it.

What about Math? If your child doesn't understand/didn't complete the lesson, yes send it home for completion/ clarification. But to send everyone home with it, just wastes time and paper.

What about... Again, If your child NEEDS it, yes send homework, if they don't need it (and it's VERY easy to tell) don't waste their time. You're just punishing them for getting it.

I hate homework. Tirade over.

midnghtsprnkle
by on Aug. 15, 2012 at 7:35 AM

my kids are teens and I wouldnt bother with any of these apps, if they are using a comp for homework they dont need apps that waste battery on a cell...

Rain2Rinse
by on Aug. 15, 2012 at 9:45 AM
All of her homework will be done the old fashioned way. She can pick out a planner, and write details. She will be using a paper dictionary to look up definitions.

She loves her technology an I encourage it's use, but in this, I woul rather her not take the easy way out.
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TracyBryant
by on Aug. 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM
cool


mereinhart28
by on Aug. 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Thanks for sharing!!

I liked homework when I was a kid. My daughter started bringing home homework last year, and she loved it. 

charlene_kyle
by Charlene on Aug. 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

 No. I hated homework. My kids do not have homework yet so we will see =)

fraujones
by Amanda on Aug. 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This will be the first year my daughter has serious homework. She's not looking forward to it. She likes school, but she doesn't like the idea of taking work home with her. 

I was homeschooled from 6-12th, so it was all "homework."

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