Asking them questions like these at homework time can help your child understand how he is learning:

• What do you need to know to do this work?

• What do you already know about it?

• How do you feel when you are actually doing the work?

• Does it get easier?

• Which aspects of the work do you feel you do really well?

• What’s the hardest aspect of the work for you to do?

• What could you do to improve in those difficult areas?

• What have you learned?

• What questions could you ask in order to learn more?

Listen closely to your child’s answers. You’ll discover where your child excels . . . and where he might need extra help.

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