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Parent Outreach




Helping your child with homework should not mean spending hours at the table or hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating good organizational skills, explaining a difficult problem, or just encouraging your child to take a break.  When it comes to homework, avoiding stressful situations is key.


Homework Hints

  • Assume that your children will have homework to do every night.
  • Ask your children to show you their homework after the teacher returns it, to learn where they're having trouble and where they're doing well. See if your children did the work correctly.
  • Stay in touch with your children's teachers. Ask about their classes and what they are studying. Ask their teachers how you can support what they are studying (flash cards, spelling, etc.).
  • Remember, you and their teachers want the same thing-to help your children learn.
  • Don't be afraid to get in touch with the teacher if you and your child don't understand an assignment or if your child is having a great deal of trouble. Almost all parents run into these problems, and teachers are glad to help.
  • Don't do your children's work for them. Help them learn how to do it themselves.
  • Show your children that you think homework is important. If you are at work during homework time, ask to see their work when you get home.
  • Praise your children for doing well. Make praise a habit.
  • Maintain a portfolio of "best pieces."
  • Help older students organize their assignments by recording them on calendars or planners, along with due dates, dates turned in, etc.


There are times when you may need to seek help in order to help your child with their work.  If you are unable to contact the child's teacher, the Khan Academy ( is a tutorial site that can help with all subjects and grade levels; and it is free!