How Parents can Help with Homework
There are things you can do that will help your child do assigned homework and that result in learning, which, after all, is the reason for being in school.
• Communicate with your child about school. This includes talking to him about his friends, activities, teachers, and assignments.
• Show enthusiasm about school and homework.
• Set realistic goals for your child, and then focus on one at a time.
• Help your child get organized. Break down assignments into smaller, more manageable parts. Set out needed items (clothes, homework, permission slips, etc.) the night before to avoid last-minute rushing around in the morning.
• Provide a quiet study corner in your home complete with paper, markers, a ruler, pencils and a dictionary. Never do your child's homework!
• Check with your child's teacher about correcting homework.
• Expect, and praise genuine progress and effort. An opinion: don't praise or otherwise reward your child for doing what you and he know is expected. This practice leads you down a slippery slope, often with really bad consequences for you and your child.
• Be specific when you do praise something.
• Focus on your child's strengths in school.
• Build associations between what is taught and what your child already knows and understands.
• Incorporate concrete materials and examples whenever possible, especially with younger children. Try to help your child learn about the subject in more than one way, using as many senses as possible.
• Separate your child's school weaknesses from your child. If your child fails a test, that is all the child fails. He or she is not a failure.
•One more thing: Never do your child's homework! (deliberately repeated)