Britney Spears Is Taking Math Classes to Help Sons with 'Hard' Homework

The popstar mom hits the books to brush up on pre-algebra

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Sooner or later, most parents find themselves stumped by their child’s math homework. For Britney Spears, a hands-on mom to sons Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden James, 8, the moment has arrived.

“They go to a really hard school, and this week we had three hours of homework [a night],” the popstar tells PEOPLE in this week’s at-home cover story. “Some of it is hard for me. Next year when [Preston’s] in fifth grade, he’s going to be doing pre-algebra, and I’m taking classes so I know how to do it!”

As Mom brushes up on math, the kids have their own incentive to do well. “Homework is a priority, and we have a reward system that helps motivate them,” she says. “If they get so many A’s, they get one toy a month.”

Britney Spears and Sons

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When the boys aren’t hitting the books — or the skateboard half-pipe, trampoline or jungle gym in the backyard at the family’s Southern California home — they might just be found in front of a mirror.

“The kids just got into doing their hair and trying to be cool, which is really funny,” says Spears, laughing. “Preston wants to be Justin Bieber, and Jayden has this whole Jim Carrey look.”

For more of Spears’s exclusive interview and to see our at-home photo shoot, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.

— Elizabeth Leonard

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