Research indicates that involving parents as educators at home with their children is one of the most effective ways to improve students' achievement and attitudes toward school.
One way to be involved is to help with homework. As the parent, you should create a homework area that is quiet, well lit, organized, clean, close to an adult who can answer questions and stocked with supplies (paper, pens, pencils, books, dictionary, etc.).
- Establish a routine. Study in the same place, decide the best time for homework, schedule breaks to stretch or get a snack. Consider your child's schedule. Do they need a break after school before beginning homework? Help your child make their after school schedule: plan extracurricular activities, free time, homework, study break, dinner and bedtime.
- Be Positive. Give praise when homework is completed, encourage your child to take pride in his or her accomplishments and be supportive of good efforts.
- Be Available. Help your child to keep track of assignments, be around to answer questions, be patient. Try doing a problem together, then watch as your child tries the next one. Avoid giving the answer. Ask questions that let your child see the problem in smaller, sequential steps.
If your child is having trouble with homework, contact his or her teacher and/or counselor and let them know your concerns. Consider alternatives such as a study group, a tutor, another available adult, an after school program, or the Internet.