• HOMEWORK

    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.
     
    As a parent, you can help with homework.   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.  Have your child 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 or two together, then watch as your child tries the next one.  Avoid simply 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 let them know your concerns.   You may also contact their counselor.  In addition, you may try a study group, a tutor, another adult or the Internet.