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Homework Tips

Kids Health Homework Tips
Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their work — it
shows kids that what they do is important.
  • Know the teachers — and know what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework and parent involvement.
  • Set up a homework-friendly area. Work together on making the space fit their needs.
  • Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Find the time that works for your family and remember it may change.
  • Help them make a plan. On bigger homework nights encourage your child to break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a plan — and take time for breaks.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls.
  • Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions.
  • Be a motivator and monitor. Ask specific questions about assignments and classroom work, be available for questions and concerns.
  • Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
  • Praise their work and efforts. Be specific: “I like how you stayed with that tough math problem”, “You have shown progress in your reading skills, your efforts are paying off!”, “Remember learning skills can be hard, and I see you working hard”
  • If there are continuing problems with homework, ask for help. Kids, other parents, school personnel are a great resource.