Learn the homework process:
Ø Is there a weekly schedule?
Ø How much homework is given?
Ø Is extra help provided?
Ø What materials or resources are available for parent support?
Make sure your child has:
Ø A notebook to write down assignments and directions
Ø A quiet, well-lighted place to work
Ø A regular time each day for doing homework
Ø Basic supplies – pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, paper
Questions to ask your child:
Ø What is your assignment today?
Ø Do you need help getting started?
Ø Do you have all the information you need?
Ø Do you have all the materials you need?
Ø Are there any special instructions today?
Ø Have you finished your homework?
Ø Have you checked your work?
Ø Is your work neat?
Ø Is your name on your work?
Ø Did you follow directions?
Other ways to help:
Ø Offer guidance but don’t do the work.
Ø Check completed homework;
Ø Does your child’s work match the assignment in his/her notebook?
Ø Is the work neat and legible?
Ø Is your child’s name on the completed assignment?
Ø Ask questions about the assignment to check for your child’s understanding.
Ø If you find an error, simply point it out and offer to assist if necessary.
Ø Congratulate your child on a job well done.
Ø Reward progress and effort.
Nothing builds self-esteem like praise from parents!
If your child encounters a roadblock:
Ø Avoid simply giving an answer.
Ø Ask questions that let your child see the problem or content in smaller, sequentialsteps.
Ø Help break projects into smaller, more manageable steps.
Ø If your child becomes frustrated – take a five-minute break.
Ø Try to relate homework to everyday life.
Ø Ask your child’s teacher formaterials you can use at home to help your child.
Ø Ask your child’s teacher for coaching strategies.
Ø Avoid making homework a punishment.