Helping your Child with Homework

Make Sure Your Child Has…

  • A quiet place to work with good light.
  • A regular time each day for doing homework
  • Basic supplies, such as paper, pencils, pens, markers, and a ruler
  • Aids to good organization, such as student agenda, book bag, and folders

Questions to Ask Your Child

  • What was your assignment today?
  • Is the assignment clear? (If not, suggest calling the school’s homework hotline or a classmate.)
  • When is it due?
  • Do you need special resources ( like a trip to the library or access to a computer)?
  • Do you need special supplies (like graph paper, or posterboard)?
  • Have you started today’s assignment? Finished it?
  • Is it a long-term assignment (like a term paper or science project)?
  • For a major project, would it help to write our the steps or make a schedule?
  • Would a practice test help?

Other Ways to Help

  • Look over your child’s homework, but don’t do the work!
  • Meet the teachers early in the year and find our about homework policy.
  • Review comments on returned homework and discuss them with your child.
  • Contact the teacher if there’s a homework problem or need you can’t resolve.
  • Congratulate your child on a job well done.

(Source: U.S. Department of Education - Office of Reform Assistance and Dissemination)

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