a schedule. While this can be flexible, it's a good idea to have a set
time when students do their homework. Many students need a little time to
unwind after school before tackling their homework, but doing it too close
to bed time may be difficult due to fatigue. Find what works best for your
Provide a home study center for your child with adequate light and few
distractions. Doing homework in front of the television is typically not a
good idea. A dictionary, paper, pens, etc., should also be readily
available when your child is doing homework, so that you can answer
questions if there is confusion. If possible, it is better for you to be in
another room, so you are easily accessible and yet not a distraction.
Don't do the homework for your child. While help is encouraged, I don't
expect perfect work all the time. Seeing the pattern of errors is often
helpful to me.
Check homework for completion. While students should be responsible to
complete their own assignments, you looking over what they've done a) keeps
you informed of what your child is studying, b) provides the sometimes
necessary reminder to complete the work, and c) shows that you care about
what your child is working on.
Praise your child for his or her diligent work, as well as for
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in Parent Journal,
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