Homework helps your child do better in school when the tasks are completed successfully, and are returned with comments from the teacher. In early schooling, homework can help children develop the habits and attitudes needed at higher grades. Parents can help with homework in many ways . . . It’s as easy as ABC.
Set a Good Example. Children are more likely to study if they see you reading, writing, and doing things that require thought and effort on your part. Talk with your child about what you’re reading and writing even if it’s something as simple as making the grocery list.
Show You Think Homework is Important. Children need to know that their parents care about homework, and then they have a good reason to complete assignments and turn them in on time.
Show an Interest and Give Praise. Make time to read with your child as often as you can. Talk about school and learning activities in family conversations. Ask your child what was discussed in class that day. All children respond to praise, and need encouragement from the people whose opinions they value most – their parents.
Be Available. Young students often like to have someone in the same room when working on assignments in case they have questions. If your child is cared for by someone else, tell that person what you expect regarding homework.
Check Completed Tasks. It’s usually a good idea to check to see that your child has finished her homework tasks. After the teacher returns completed tasks, read the comments to see if your child has done the tasks satisfactorily.
A Regular Time and Place. Finding a regular time for homework helps children finish assignments – one youngster may work best in the afternoon after an hour of play, and another may be a better worker after dinner. A study area should have lots of light, all equipment close by, and be fairly quiet. A desk in the bedroom is nice, but for many youngsters the kitchen table or a corner of the living room works just fine.
Remove Distractions. Turn off the television and discourage phone calls during homework time. Some youngsters work well with quiet background music, but loud noise from the stereo or radio is not OK.
Provide Equipment. You can collect a supply of pencils, pens, erasers, writing paper, and a dictionary. Other things that might be helpful include glue, a stapler, paper clips, maps, a calculator, a pencil sharpener, tape, scissors, a ruler. Keep these items together in one place if possible.
Share Concerns With the Teacher. You may want to contact the teacher if there are problems with homework that you cannot deal with, especially for example if your child has missed school and missed homework.