Homework Helper

I think we’ve discussed the fact that I don’t live close to any of my children or grandchildren. (insert sigh).

I don’t imagine I am alone in this sad state of affairs.  In fact, I suspect many of you live in states, or even countries, away from your family.

We have a few strategies we use to stay connected – Camp Grandmama and Grampy Campy is a highlight – but we also have holidays at the house and we do get down to visit as often as we can.

But I’m always sad when we leave their homes or when they leave our home.  It can be very quiet around the old homestead (except in the summer, when Mr. H. is constantly sprinkling or mowing the lawn).

The good news is that technology has made it easier than ever for us to stay connected.

This is a picture of my keyboard. I was reading emails and checking Facebook and Twitter. I took the picture with my phone. I had my iPad next to me so I could watch The Closer. I was listening to Mr. H’s iPod. See what I mean?

I had an idea.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could help our kids (and grand-kids) a bit even though we are hours away?

So here’s what I came up with:

You’ll forgive me, I know, for not filling in my Skype name and phone numbers. It was included in the email I sent the Mommies and Daddies.

What do you think? What do you think?

I just sent this to the Mommies and Daddies today, so I will have to get back to you later to let you know how this works out.

But right now I have other things to worry about.


Will I have to wear make-up every day?

Will my bed-head hair be acceptable?

Good grief. I think this answers the question as to make-up, too….

Will they schedule homework time during Glee?

(Just kidding. I have this recorded…)

Will they be doing word problems?

“Frick and Frack worked at a jewelry store in the mall. They bought 842 gold necklaces in all. If Frack bought 227 gold necklaces, about how many gold necklaces did Frick buy?”  (Who has 842 gold necklaces anyway?  Why are they selling them now?  Do they think they are selling at the best time?  If gold is $1,721 an ounce now, will it go to $2,000 or will it go down?  Is this the best time to sell?  to buy?   –  Ok.  Let’s hope this isn’t one of their word problems….)

Will I have to remember anything about the metric system? Acute triangles?

Well, gotta go.  Looks like I need to study a bit….



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(3) Comments and (3) Replies

  1. Jan Edwards | September 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply

    Jill, this is genius! You truly deserve the world’s best gramma award! My grandson isn’t keen on homework, so (even though he lives only 15 minutes from us) I think I’ll “borrow” your idea to see if this will help to mix things up a bit for him. Thanks for sharing!

    • jill | September 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply

      Oh, please borrow away. But let me know how it goes. We are trying this for the first time as well, so always eager to learn new strategies!!

  2. kendra | September 27, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Reply

    That WILL be one of their word problems and I’m totally sending it to you. So far, they’ve had it under control. Here’s what I have on the docket right now:

    – Book reports for B&C due Friday. They would like to type them and don’t think they need a rough draft. Up for it?

    – Luci has a writing assignment every day. She needs help spelling, checking, and rechecking her work about 8 million times.

    -Cooper would like to learn to read his Batman books. Good luck!

    • jill | September 28, 2011 at 7:22 am | Reply

      You bet!!! Oh, i am so excited!! I’ll slap some makeup on, brush my hair and I’m ready to go. I’ll contact you via email for times that will work for you (them). Love you!!

  3. Sarah Phillips | September 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Reply

    If you ever have a slow night, I have a second grader who would love to Skype you. <3

    • jill | September 28, 2011 at 7:23 am | Reply

      Love it!! Very Wizard of Oz(ish) with the man behind the curtain!!

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