Homework Tips for Parents

• Show an interest in your child’s homework assignments.  Ask about the subjects and the work to be done.

• Be a role model and take the opportunity to read a book or newspaper while your child studies. Reading together helps create a learning atmosphere.

• Teach your child how to be organized.  Be sure that he or she keeps a homework assignment book.

• Eliminate as many distractions as possible during study time.

• Develop a strategy for dealing with homework.  Find a plan that works for you family and stick with it.

• Try to relate the homework to your child’s everyday life.  For instance, fractions and measurement can be learned as your child prepares or assists in the preparation of their favorite food or snack.  

• Encourage your child to establish a regular time to do homework.  Develop a nightly schedule.  This will help avoid procrastination.  

• Communicate with your child’s teachers at any time to discuss reading, math, or any other topic with which your child needs assistance.

• Make sure your child has a specific place to do homework.  That space should offer ample lighting, minimal noise and plenty of workspace.  

• Praise your child for successfully completing homework.  Sincere, focused praise builds self-esteem.  
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