With the school year in full swing, you and your child are likely busy juggling schoolwork, schedules, and extracurricular activities-and seeking support to fill in the gaps. Do you and your child hassle over homework?
This month I would like to suggest a homework checklist for parents:
- Provide a quiet, well-lit space, away from distractions and with all the right study materials — paper, pens and pencils, books, a dictionary, a desk, etc.
- Try to find a separate space for each of your children, or schedule quiet times for homework in designated spaces.
- Create a regular schedule, allowing for adequate study and free time.
- Limit TV time, and do not allow it during homework.
- When possible, be available to answer questions. Try doing a problem or two together, then watch as the child tries the next one.
- Avoid simply giving an answer. Instead, ask questions that let your child see the problem in smaller, take sequential steps.
- Provide your kids with a notebook for writing down assignments. When they're finished, compare the homework and the notebook to make sure everything is done.
- See if the school has a homework hotline (that lists your child's assignments) and/or a homework helpline (assistance for your child).
- Review completed and graded assignments. Discuss errors to be sure your child understands the material.
- Share any concerns with your children's teachers about the amount or type of homework assigned. Be sure to let them know if your children are having difficulty or are unable to do most of it by themselves.
We're here to support you and your child this fall, helping you find success in the new school year.
Ms. Thomas, Parent Educator