GETTING INVOLVED WITH STUDENT'S HOMEWORK
There are many ways for parents to help with homework. Here are some tips.
Check in: Students typically bring home a folder with homework and other information. Check it daily.
Read it out loud: Have your child read directions aloud because it forces them to slow down, letting the words sink in.
Put it on paper: When your child has to learn spelling words, have your child say the word, spell it and write it.
Say it before you write it: If your child has to read a story and then answer questions, ask the child first to tell you in his or her own words what happened in the story.
Help them show what they know: If your child is stumped by an assignment, ask your child questions about the topic. Often kids know more than they realize.
Try a sample: If your child is stumped by a math problem, have your child work through sample problems in the textbook. Those problems usually come with answers, so children can determine if they’re on the right track.
Take a step back: Homework help should begin tapering off in middle school, but parents can still play a role.
Break it down: Students get more long-term projects, so encourage your child to break the project into pieces and set deadlines for each.
Get them organized: Encourage your child to create a weekly planner with assignment, tests dates and other school deadlines.
Urge them to take care of their own: Encourage your child to seek help from a teacher after class or school if the child is having difficulty with a subject. Students need to learn to become their own advocates.
Keep tabs on their progress: Schools often post grades online for parents. Check grades regularly to see if your child is on track or needs extra help.
Take another step back: Parents should really pull back on help as students prepare for college, but there are ways to lend a hand.
Team building is good: Encourage your child to form a study group with classmates.
Extracurriculars are good, too: Encourage your child to join a school club that ties in with academic interests, such as the environment or literature.
Keep it casual: Find informal ways to stay plugged in with homework, such as a dinner table conversation about your student’s presentation for history class.
For any age
Enviroment is key: Provide a quiet space with good lighting. Younger kids might do best at the kitchen table where you can stay close, but teens might do best in their bedroom.
Structure is helpful: Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon. Others may do better after dinner.
Deadlines are helpful, too: Set deadlines for getting homework done. Let older kids set their own.
Supply supplies: Make sure your child has paper, pencils and other materials.
Stay upbeat: Be positive about homework. Your child will pick up on your attitude.
Toe the line: When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.
Communicate: Remember that expectations can vary among teachers on the parental role with homework. If the teacher doesn’t communicate it, ask.