- Check with your children to make sure that they are utilizing their homework partners when they are absent. It is another way for our students to find out about missing work, and it provides them with an opportunity to get a "head start".
- Remind your child to review his/her work nightly. If he/she has no homework in that area, we suggest ten minutes of review.
- Encourage your child to clean out and organize his/her book bag at least once a week.
- Have your child show you the assignments due in their homework agenda book before he/she hands it in to a teacher.
MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD 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 a ruler.
- Aids to good organization, such as an assignment calendar, book bag, and folders.
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD:
- What were your assignments today?
- Is the assignment clear? (If not, suggest calling a classmate)
- When is it due?
- 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?
- Is it a long-term assignment (e.g., a term paper or science project)?
- For a major project, would it help to write out the steps or make a schedule?
- Would a practice test help?
OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
- Look over your child's homework, but don't do the work!
- Meet the teacher's early in the year and find out about homework policy.
- Review comments on returned homework and discuss them with your child.
- Contact the teacher if there's a homework problem or need you can't resolve.
- Congratulate your child on a job well done.