Studies show that student achievement increases when parents and families become more involved and committed to the education of their children. Instilling a respect for education, and creating within the home an environment conducive to learning are essential for success. As parents participate in the homework process at each grade level, your children feel comfortable learning and come to school willing and prepared to study. Good homework assignments help students:
♦ practice newly learned skills
♦ do more in-depth work
♦ expand their interest in the subject
♦ develop management skills
Study time should be part of a daily routine. Even when there is no homework assigned, time should be spent on reading for pleasure or working on an upcoming assignment. This procedure needs to be made a regular school night practice.
♦ Provide a specific time for homework, preferably when you or a responsible sibling will be available to assist your child.
♦ Provide a specific place for your child to do homework. It may be in a bedroom or at the kitchen table. The area should be well lit and equipped with whatever supplies are appropriate for completing the work. Declare the area off-limits to interruptions and turn off the TV.
♦ Use homework time to foster responsibility, not to punish the child. In this way you can reinforce the proper foundation for organizational skills and study habits.
♦ Serve in the role of consultant to help your child learn to solve problems rather than solving them for him/her. It is helpful if parents review homework before it is returned to school.
♦ Show interest in your child's homework. "Children need encouragement and support from the people whose opinions they value most: their parents." (Homework without Tears)