Helping Your Children with Math



















Helping Your Child with Homework

A checklist for helping your child succeed


1) Show that you think education and homework are important.


        Do you set a regular time every day for homework?

        Does your child have papers, books, pencils, and other materials needed to do assignments?

        Does your child have a fairly quiet place to study with a lot of light?

        Do you stay in touch with your child’s teachers?


2) Monitor Assignments.


        Do you know what your child’s homework assignments are? 

        Do you know how long they should take to complete?

        Do you know how the teacher wants you to be involved?

        Do you see assignments that are completed?

        Do you read the teacher’s comments on assignments that are returned?

        Is TV, video games, or the computer cutting into homework time?


3) Provide Guidance.


        Do you understand and respect your child’s style of learning?

        Does your child work better alone or with others?

        Does your child learn best when he or she can see things, hear them, or handle them?

        Do you help your child get organized?

        Does your child need a calendar, assignment book, bag for books, or a folder for papers?

        Do you encourage your child to develop good study habits (e.g., scheduling enough time for big assignments, making up review sheets)?

        Do you talk to your child about homework assignments?  Does your child understand them?


4) Talk with someone at school about your child’s education.


        Do you meet the teacher early in the year before any problems arise?

        Is a problem does arise, do you meet with the teacher?

        Do you cooperate with the teacher and your child to work out a plan and schedule for completing homework?

        Do you follow up with the teacher and with your child to make sure the plan is working?