|Make sure your
child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.
Make sure the materials
your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are
Help your child with time
Be positive about homework.
When your child does
homework, you do homework.
When your child asks for
help, provide guidance, not answers.
When the teacher asks that
you play a role in homework, do it.
If homework is meant to be
done by your child alone, stay away.
Help your child figure out
what is hard homework and what is easy homework.
Watch your child for signs
of failure and frustration.
Reward progress in
|Have your child
read aloud to you every night.
Choose a quiet place, free from distractions, for your child to do his nightly reading assignments.
When your child reads aloud to you and makes a mistake, point out the words she has missed and help her to read the word correctly.
After your child has stopped to correct a word he has read, have him go back and reread the entire sentence from the beginning to make sure he understands what the sentence is saying.
Ask your child to tell you in her own words what happened in a story.
To check your child's understanding of what he is reading, occasionally pause and ask your child questions about the characters and events in the story.
Ask your child why she thinks a character acted in a certain way and ask your child to support her answer with information from the story.
Before getting to the end of a story, ask your child what he thinks will happen next and why.
progress your child is making in math. Check with your child daily about
If you don't understand your child's math assignments, engage in frequent communication with his or her teacher.
If your child is experiencing problems in math, contact the teacher to learn whether he or she is working at grade level and what can be done at home to help improve academic progress.
Use household chores as opportunities for reinforcing math learning such as cooking and repair activities.
Try to be aware of how your child is being taught math, and don't teach strategies and shortcuts that conflict with the approach the teacher is using. Check in with the teacher and ask what you can do to help. Ask the teacher about online resources that you can use with your child at home.
At the beginning of the year, ask your child's teacher for a list of suggestions that will enable you to help your child with math homework.