Homework: A Concern for the Whole Family
- How can I get Michael to do his homework? Every night it's a struggle to get him to turn off the TV and do his homework.
- Why isn't Maria getting more homework?
- Why is Jonathan getting so much homework?
- When is Suki supposed to do homework? She takes piano lessons, sings in her church choir, plays basketball and helps with family chores. There's hardly any time left to study.
- How can I help Robert with his math homework when I don't understand it?
- Do homework assignments really help my child learn?
This article helps answer these and other questions that parents, family members, and others who care for children in elementary and middle school often ask about homework. The booklet also includes practical ideas for helping children to complete homework assignments successfully.
- Why Do Teachers Assign Homework?
- Does Homework Help Children Learn?
- What's the Right Amount of Homework?
- Set a Regular Time for Homework
- Pick a Place
- Remove Distractions
- Provide Supplies and Identify Resources
- Set a Good Example
- Be Interested and Interesting
- Ask about the School's Homework Policy
- Be Available
- Look over Completed Assignments
- Monitor Time Spent Viewing TV and Playing Video Games
- Help Your Child Get Organized
- Encourage Good Study Habits
- Talk about the Assignments
- Watch for Frustration
- Give Praise
- Tell the Teacher about Your Concerns
- Work with the Teacher
Please note: In this booklet, we refer to a child as "him" in some places and "her" in others. We do this to make the booklet easier to read. Please understand, however, that every point that we make is the same for girls and boys.