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.)
- 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)