Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tips for Helping Your Child With Homework

Here are a few general tips to help you help your child with homework.
  1. Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to work. Make sure it is away from the television set and other distractions.
  2. Make sure your child has the supplies he or she needs—paper, pencils, a dictionary, and a computer.
  3. Establish a set time for your child to do homework each day. Plan together when extra time will be needed for big assignments such as research reports.
  4. Show that you value homework by doing your own homework. For example, if your child is reading a book for language arts class, you can read a book, too.
  5. Help by providing guidance and encouragement, not answers. Your child won't learn unless he or she actually does the work.
  6. Talk with your child's teacher to ensure that you understand the goals of homework assignments and any special requirements your child will need to meet.
  7. Help your child set priorities. Help your child determine which assignments are more challenging than others and do them first—when he or she is freshest and most alert.
  8. Watch for signs of fatigue or frustration. Let your child take a short break if needed.
  9. Celebrate success. Reward your child for working hard with an occasional special treat—a pizza or a trip to the park, for example.