1. Provide a quiet, well-lit space, away from all distractions and with all the right study materials- paper, pens and pencils, books, a dictionary, a desk, etc.
2. Try to find a separate space for each of your children, or schedule quiet times for homework in designated spaces.
3. Create a regular schedule, allowing for adequate study and free time. Children should know that a certain time every day is reserved for studying and doing homework. The best time is usually not right after school as most children benefit from time to unwind first. Parents should include their child in making this decision. Even if your child does not have homework, the reserved time should be used to review the day’s lessons, read for pleasure or work on an upcoming school project.
4. Limit TV time, and do not allow it during homework.
5. Avoid simply giving an answer. Instead, ask questions that let your child see the problem in smaller, sequential steps.
6. Compare the homework and the assignment book to make sure everything is done.
7. Call the homework hotline if you are not sure about the homework.
8. Review completed and graded assignments. Discuss errors to be sure your child understands the material.
9. Share any concerns with your children’s teachers about the amount of 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.
10. Organize homework assignments. Before beginning a homework session, encourage your child to number the assignments in the order in which they are to be completed. Children should start with one that’s not too long or difficult but avoid saving the longest assignments for last.
11. Show interest in your child’s assignments. Ask about the subject and work to be accomplished. Try to relate homework to your child’s everyday life. For instance, fractions and measurements can be learned as the child prepares a favorite meal.
12. Be a Role Model. Take the opportunity to read a book or newspapers while your child studies. Reading together helps encourage a life-long love of learning for your children.
13. Check over homework assignments. Take time to review your child’s homework with them, but make sure you are not doing it for them. Point out mistakes and help your child correct them. Being familiar with your child’s work will help you identify areas of strength and weakness.
14. Give praise. Applaud your child for successfully completing homework. Nothing builds esteem like praise from parents!