Helping Parents Stay Informed:
www.SchoolSuccessInfo.org has several tools that parents can use to communicate with their child about school, including guidelines for asking their child about school, what to do when their child has a big school project, and a list of books for children to read.
Ten Ways to Help with Homework
1) Let your child know that homework is important and valuable.
2) Set a regular time each day for homework, allow some time for a break after school before starting homework.
3) Be sure your child has all essentials, i.e.; paper, pencils, books, and calculator if needed.
4) Help your child get organized by providing a notebook, folders, and calendar.
5) Have a quiet, clean, well-lit, comfortable place to study.
6) Turn off distractions like television, videos and radio. Some students work better with soft instrumental music to help with concentration.
7) A 15-minute session is better than one long session. Be available to help answer questions and give direction.
8) Spot check the homework but let your students do their own work. Remember they are learning and mistakes are okay. This will help build responsibility within. Responsibility = choice + consequences
9) Read all teacher comments daily.
10) Talk to your child’s teacher if you have concerns. Talking to your student about the teacher does not help a difficult situation.
Parents of Highly Effective Students:
Lead by example
Focus on the child’s needs
Are radical about reading
Talk & Listen
Are homework hounds
Are teacher’s treasures
Teach responsibility & independence