- Connect with your child daily about school.
- Establish a regular homework time – early in the evening or the morning for early risers. Amount of time will vary for each student.
- Set up a study area – some kids like quiet, or background music, or studying with friends. Turning the TV off and holding phone calls will help focus your child.
- Provide supplies needed to do homework – examples include pencils, paper, crayons, markers, ruler, eraser, tape, glue, scissors, sharpener, paper clips, dictionary, etc.
- During your child’s homework time, get your “homework” done – pay bills, make a grocery list or plan a menu, read or write a letter. This also makes you available if they need help, but only help if you’re asked.
- Older children should be encouraged to use their agenda to keep track of assignments, projects, presentations and tests.
- After-school homework clubs can often be found at schools, libraries or community centers. Some schools offer online lessons.
- High schools may offer peer tutoring, and there’s a free online tutoring service for teens at www.ilc.org; and for students in francophone schools: www.sosdevoirs.org.
- Students should have time to participate in other activities – speak to teacher if not so (more often over-scheduling is a problem… does your child have TOO many activities?)
- Check these out for more homework help:
- If your child is too young for school, reading to them every day is a great way to start the learning process!
– Published in the October 2008 issue of Mom’s Moments. www.momsmoments.ca/pdfs