Help Your Child Succeed

Parents are Their Childrens First Teachers

What do children need from parents? 

  • Encouragement - Give your child praise for efforts and for completing assignments.
  • Availability - Encourage your child to do the work independently, but be available for assistance.
  • Scheduling - Establish a set time to do homework each day. You may want to use a calendar to keep track of assignments and due dates.
  • Space - Provide a space for homework, stocked withnecessary supplies, such as pencils, pens, paper, dictionaries, acomputer, and other reference materials.
  • Discipline - Help your child focus on homework byremoving distractions, such as television, radio, telephone, andinterruptions from siblings and friends.
  • Modeling - Consider doing some of your work, such as paying bills or writing letters, during your child's homework time.
  • Support - Talk to your child about difficulties with homework. Be willing to talk to your child's teacher to resolveproblems in a positive manner.
  • Involvement- Familiarize yourself with the homework policy. Make sure that you and your child understand the teacher's expectations. At the beginning of the year, you may want to ask your child's teacher:
    • What kinds of assignments will you give?
    • How often do you give homework?
    • How much time are the students expected to spend on them?
    • What type of involvement do you expect from parents?