Here is a checklist of homework tips for helping your child with homework:
It is important to set aside a unique, quiet place with sufficient lighting.
Keep necessary supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, markers, rulers, in the homework area.
Have a regular time each day to do homework.
Help your child to regularly use organizational tools such as a school planner, calendar, and folders. This is especially important When they are assigned larger projects that require a few days or weeks to complete, help them to schedule their time and break the assignment into manageable pieces.
Questions you should ask your child:
What are today’s homework assignments?
Do you understand the directions and what you have to do? If not, suggest that they call a classmate to get things straight.
When is the assignment due?
When it is a major project, encourage them to create a work plan to ensure it is completed on time.?
Other ways to help:
Always be positive, supportive and encouraging. Keep your eye open for ways your child can improve their homework skills.
Don’t forget: it is your child’s homework, not yours, so do not try to take control – you are a supporter not a director.
Show confidence in your child. If necessary, when they are feeling a unsure, remind them of past successes.
Show interest and praise them when they have done something well.
Always make suggestions in a helpful, positive way.
Meet the teacher early in the year and make yourself familiar with homework policies and expectations.
Call the teacher if there are homework problems you can’t resolve. Do it early, rather than later before it becomes a major issue.
Children learn both in and out of school. Outside of school they learn things at home and in their surrounding community. Children also learn a great deal from their parents, who are important partners in the learning process. Positive parental involvement can help make school a successful learning experience for children. Parental interest sends a strong message to children – that education is important, and that learning can be fun and worth the effort.
Homework is assigned by teachers for a variety of reasons. It gives students extra practice time, apply information learned in class and help them expand their knowledge beyond what was learned in class. Assignments are also a good way for students to learn to work independently. Homework assignments can also help students learn how to manage and work on bigger projects, learn about other resources and visit libraries.
These homework tips for parents are just a few of the many ways parents can make homework a rewarding experience for the entire family.