Keeping Parents in the Know……
Research shows that when parents become involved in their children’s schoolwork, children do better in school. One way you can get involved is by helping your child with homework. It will benefit both your child’s school work and self-esteem. Here are some tips to help with homework:
- Keep in touch with the teacher/teachers to be fully aware of the quantity and the quality of the homework turned in.
- Set a schedule, including both a beginning and ending time. Most kids need some time to unwind after school before they tackle their homework. Doing it too close to bedtime may make it difficult due to fatigue. Fridays are usually the best day for homework that must be completed over the weekend. Assignments are still fresh and last minute panic rushes are avoided.
- Encourage your child to divide the homework assignment into "what I can do myself" and "what I need help with." You should only help with the part of the homework your child cannot do independently.
- Hold off watching TV and other fun activities until all homework is completed.
- Provide a study center for your child with adequate light and few distractions. If your child can concentrate better with music, provide that help. Also a dictionary, paper, pens, etc., should be readily available.
- Use direct praise for doing the homework and even more for accomplishment.
- Be available when your child is doing homework so that you can answer questions and support as needed.
- Look over the homework when it is completed. Do not correct it unless you have checked with the teacher. Seeing the pattern of errors is often helpful to a teacher.
- Study groups are often a good strategy. Your child may benefit from studying with one or two classmates. Make sure they are using the time to study.
- Allow bathroom, drink and/or snack breaks, but insist on completion of tasks.
Links for Parents
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