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?