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by on October 31, 2011

Schools have been in session for sometime. Homework is a daily staple for most students. As parents, we see our young ones struggle trying to complete all the assignments. Even worse is they complete it but forget it at home. You don’t get credit for completing and leaving it at home – all that hard work goes to waste.

As parents, we have a lot of questions, what can we do to help the process. How much can we help, how much should we help etc. In any case, here are a few thoughts on questions like that

Q—Can my children do homework while listening to music or watching television?

Some students can work with a radio or stereo on, while others must work in silence. Television can be a big problem. Many teachers ask that the television be turned off while children are doing homework. Research shows that American children on average spend far more time watching television than they do completing homework. Although it’s worth noting that television can be a learning tool, it’s best to leave the television off during homework time.

Q—How much help should I give?

This depends on each child’s grade level and study habits. Younger students often need extra homework help. First, make sure the child understands the directions. Do a few problems together, then watch your child do a few. When your child is finished, check the work. Praise right answers, and show how to correct mistakes. Avoid doing your children’s homework for them. Teachers need to see where your children are having trouble. One of the most helpful things you can do is to show your children that you think homework is important. Many children today do their homework while their parents are at work. When you are at home, ask to see your children’s homework and discuss it with them. Ask questions and be supportive.

Q—Do teachers really want me to ask them questions about homework?

Teachers want children to learn and want parents and families to be involved in their children’s education. When you stay in touch with your children’s teachers, they can ease your worries and offer their own homework tips and ideas on how you can help your children learn. Meet each of your children’s teachers and ask what kind of homework will be given. This is very important, even if you have children in junior or senior high school. Early in the school year and on occasion, ask teachers about your children’s subjects and about homework policies. For example, ask what books your children will be using, what kinds of assignments will be given, and when the teacher is available to answer questions.

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From → Education, Homework

  1. Tj, Great post! Good length and focused on the questions and concerns a parent would have about homework. I created an Education category and within it the subcategory of Homework for this post. You can use use the Education category anytime you’d like and, of course the subcategory of Homework when appropriate. I can show you how to set up categories and subcategories for future posts on different topics.

  2. Thanks Bill and yes, I would like to learn how to setup categories. I tried but of course did not succeed.

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