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.
- Assume that your children will have homework to do every
- 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
- Show your children that you think homework is important. If you
are at work during homework time, ask to see their work when you
- 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
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 (https://www.khanacademy.org/)
is a tutorial site that can help with all subjects and grade
levels; and it is free!