Organization for Successful Homework Sessions

1  Encourage your child to start each homework session by looking over everything that needs to be done.
Ask, “Which parts can you do on your own?”  Have your child make a priority list of the items that can be done independently and those that will require assistance.

2  Helping with homework does not have to be solely your responsibility as a parent.
You may discover that more than one family member is willing and able to lend a hand.  As you decide who should help your child with homework, consider the following:
   •  Is there someone in the family who is a natural teacher?  Maybe it is a sibling or other relative who lives nearby and is willing to help.
   •  Is there someone in your family who is especially knowledgeable or talented in a particular subject area?
   •  You can also look beyond your immediate family as well.  If your child spends the after school hours with a sitter, perhaps the sitter can help.
   •  Kids who study with friends can help each other

3  Remember that homework should never be done for the child.



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