If there is a problem with completing an assignment for any reason, please send a note with your child explaining the reason for an assignment being late.
Here are some suggestions on how parents can help with homework:
- Provide a quiet, well-lit space, away from distractions and with all the right study materials — paper, pens and pencils, books, a dictionary, a desk, etc.
- Try to find a separate space for each of your children, or schedule quiet times for homework in designated spaces.
- Create a regular schedule, allowing for adequate study and free time.
- Limit TV time, and do not allow it during homework.
- When possible, be available to answer questions. Try doing a problem or two together, then watch as the child tries the next one.
- Avoid simply giving an answer. Instead, ask questions that let your child see the problem in smaller, sequential steps.
- In the upper grades, students are provided a planner at the beginning of the year for writing down their assignments. When your student is finished, compare the homework and the planner to make sure everything is done.
- Review completed and graded assignments. Discuss errors to be sure your child understands the material.
Share any concerns with your child teacher about the amount or type of homework assigned. Be sure to let them know if your children are having difficulty or are unable to do most of it by themselves.
Here are some links to help students with their homework:
Mom’s Homeroom: http://momshomeroom.msn.com/
Envision Math: http://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZuQp
Homework Helper: http://www.refdesk.com/homework.html
Elementary Math Websites: http://www.homeworkspot.com/elementary/math/
Writing Resources: http://www.edzone.net/~mwestern/ww.html