Although it may be hard to believe, you can actually help your child enjoy doing homework. When you provide the necessary support and encouragement, most children will rise to the occasion and do their best on their assignments.
Here are 8 ways that you can help your child with homework:
- Offer encouragement. Give your child praise for efforts and for completing assignments.
- Be available. Encourage your child to do the work independently, but be available for assistance.
- Maintain a schedule. Establish a set time to do homework each day. You may want to use a calendar to keep track of assignments and due dates.
- Designate space. Provide a space for homework, stocked with necessary supplies, such as pencils, pens, paper, dictionaries, a computer, and other reference materials.
- Provide discipline. Help your child focus on homework by removing distractions, such as television, radio, telephone, and interruptions from siblings and friends.
- Be a role model. Consider doing some of your work, such as paying bills or writing letters, during your child's homework time.
- Be supportive. Talk to your child about difficulties with homework. Be willing to talk to your child's teacher to resolve problems in a positive manner.
- Stay involved. Familiarize yourself with the CPS Homework Policy. Make sure that you and your child understand the teacher's expectations. At the beginning of the year, you may want to ask your child's teacher:
- What kinds of assignments will you give?
- How often do you give homework?
- How much time are the students expected to spend on them?
- What type of involvement do you expect from parents?