Parents MY CHILD'S ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Checklist for Helping Your Child With Homework -- Helping Your Child With Homework

  1. Show That You Think Education and Homework Are Important
    • Do you set a regular time every day for homework?
    • Does your child have the papers, books, pencils and other things needed to do assignments?
    • Does your child have a well-lit, fairly quiet place to study?
    • Do you set a good example by showing your child that the skills he is learning are an important part of the things he will do as an adult?
    • Do you stay in touch with your child's teacher?

  2. Monitor Assignments
    • Do you know what your child's homework assignments are? How long they should take? How the teacher wants you to be involved in them?
    • Do you see that your child starts and completes assignments?
    • Do you read the teacher's comments on assignments that are returned?
    • Is TV viewing or video game playing cutting into your child's homework time?

  3. Provide Guidance
    • Do you help your child to get organized? Does your child need a schedule or assignment book? A book bag or backpack and a folder for papers?
    • Do you encourage your child to develop good study habits (for example, scheduling enough time for big assignments; making up practice tests)?
    • Do you talk with your child about homework assignments? Does she understand them?

  4. Helping your child with homework is an opportunity to improve your child's chances of doing well in school and life.
  5. Talk with Teachers to Resolve Problems
    • Do you meet with the teacher early in the year before any problems arise?
    • If a problem comes up, do you meet with the teacher?
    • Do you cooperate with the teacher to work out a plan and a schedule to solve homework problems?
    • Do you follow up with the teacher and with your child to make sure the plan is working?

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