Hello from Mr. Richmond! Mme Natasha has been writing our blogs lately and today it's my turn!
Growing up I wasn't the greatest student. In fact, I was quite the terror. I hated homework. One time I even forged a note saying I didn't have to do the homework. Fortunately, I had a great mom who wouldn't put up with such nonsense. Homework in her eyes was non-negotiable. From a young age, she tried to install in me the value of education. To be honest, I didn't understand the value of learning until years later.
As a child I wouldn't do homework unless my mother was sitting down right next to me. I'm not sure who the process was more painful for: me or her? Looking back on those years I am so grateful for every last minute she spent trying to keep me on top of homework, to make sure I didn't fall behind, and to get me to give it my best effort. Now from what I understand, some kids (like Mme Natasha growing up), are more independent and able to use self-discipline to get their homework done on their own. This was not my experience. Without the coaching and support of my parents, I really don't know where I would be today, but I certainly wouldn't be here in Africa.
Many children who live here at the Zimpeto Children's Centre are just like me as a child-they hate homework. The main difference between me and them is that my mom isn't here to coach them and sit down with them to get their homework done. That's one of the reasons why Mme Natasha and I are here. We're here to help children with their homework and give then the boost that they need to help them succeed in school. We're here to play that role of "mom and dad" to encourage children here who live at the centre to get their work done and to instil a love for learning. Check out some pictures from our after school homework club.
Do you need help getting your homework done sometimes? Next time someone helps you with homework, make sure to say thank you.
Help someone else with their homework. Perhaps you could help a younger sibling or friend in a younger grade. What subject or unit are you particularly good at? How could you help someone else?
Don't forget to leave us a comment after you've read our blog. Let us know your tips for homework completion that we can share with some of our kids here.