As a parent, here are some ideas for helping with homework:
Set aside a regular time and place for homework. This builds the study habit. When study time begins, turn off the TV.
Create a place to keep homework supplies. When your child has to hunt for a pencil, and then get up five minutes later for a scissors, study time can go on for hours. In a drawer or box, collect everything your child will need.
Let your child know that homework is her job. You can give a little help, but you aren’t going to do the work for her. Say “I already went to school. Now it’s your turn.”
Show interest in your child’s homework. Ask “What was the most interesting thing you did tonight?” (If that doesn’t work, ask “What was the hardest thing you did tonight?”)
Don’t forget long-range assignments. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck while your child puts together a science project at 2 a.m.
Praise your child for his hard work. It’s important for kids to see that their effort pays off. Say “You did well on your spelling test because you studied every night.”
Ask to see grades on homework assignments. Look at the teacher’s comments. Talk to the teacher if you have questions about the assignment or the grade.
If your child has a regular problem with homework, talk to the teacher. She needs to know if homework is too hard...or too easy.
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