What can you do to help your child with homework this year? Prepare your child well, and make sure that he 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 ruler.

How can you talk with your child about homework? Ask these questions:

  • What’s your assignment today?
  • Is the assignment clear? (If not, suggest calling the school’s homework hotline or a classmate.)
  • When is it due?
  • If it’s a long-term assignment (e.g., a term paper or science project), have you written out the steps that you’ll need to follow to finish it? Have you made a schedule?
  • Do you need special resources (e.g., a trip to the library or access to a computer)?
  • Do you need special supplies (e.g., graph paper or poster board)?
  • Have you started today’s assignment? Finished it?
  • Would a practice test be useful?

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