Homework: A Concern for the Whole Family -- Helping Your Child With Homework

Homework is an opportunity for children to learn and for families to be involved in their children's education. However, helping children with homework isn't always easy. At parent-teacher meetings and in conferences with parents, teachers often hear questions such as:

"If you expect your child to be well-educated, you have the responsibility of making sure your child gets educated, starting at home, with some basic fundamentals."
—President George W. Bush
  • How can I get Michael to do his homework? Every night it's a struggle to get him to turn off the TV and do his homework.
  • Why isn't Maria getting more homework?
  • Why is Jonathan getting so much homework?
  • When is Suki supposed to do homework? She takes piano lessons, sings in her church choir, plays basketball and helps with family chores. There's hardly any time left to study.
  • How can I help Robert with his math homework when I don't understand it?
  • Do homework assignments really help my child learn?

This booklet helps answer these and other questions that parents, family members and others who care for children in elementary and middle school often ask about homework. The booklet also includes practical ideas for helping children to complete homework assignments successfully.

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Last Modified: 08/30/2003