There are several ways that parents can help their children with their
homework. Here are some tips:
• Start the day out right – make sure
that your children are red well, well-rested, and happy. They will
retain more throughout the day, have a better day, and be better prepared
to complete their homework that night.
• Study area – have a comfortable, well-lit,
tidy area for your children to study at. Do not let them study in
front of the TV.
• Educate yourself – if you continue
to learn more (by taking classes, reading books, or even having your
children teach you what they have learned, etc.), you will show the
importance of education and continuing education. Show them that you
care about education.
• Be interested – ask specific questions
about your child’s day. Do not simply ask, “How was school?”
Ask, “What did you learn today?” Say, “Tell me about
the book you are reading.” “Show me how you solved that
problem.” Show that you are interested.
• Difficult assignments – it is ok if
you can not answer all of your children’s questions. It is OK
if you do not remember trigonometry. You can help your children by
encouraging them and praising them, hiring a tutor, looking online,
or asking the teacher for help.
• Study – even if your child has no homework,
encourage him or her to study every night. Set aside a study time.
• Praise – let your children know how
well they have done. You do not necessarily need to give money as
a reward for good grades. Instead, plan a fun activity or reward them
in other ways.
• Follow-up – ask to see homework that
has already been graded. Find out how well your child is doing so
that you can help when needed.
• TV – again, turn off the TV. Some students
can study and learn quite well with background music, but the TV can
be distracting. While your child is studying, do not distract him
or her by having the TV in the background (and certainly do not allow
him or her to sit in front of it). Homework time is a good time for
you to do your own “homework” – read, write letters,
pay the bills, etc.
• Don’t do your children’s homework for
them! You can help them by answering questions, but doing
it will not help them in the long run. Help them do it themselves.