Homework: How Parents Can Help
Homework is a great opportunity for students to practice what they have learned in class and begin to master the subject matter. It is also an opportunity for parents to get involved in their child’s education. Helping children with homework isn’t always easy and making it meaningful to the student requires cooperation and communication among the teachers, students and parents. This parent checklist provides some useful tips on how to help your child develop good study habits and complete their homework successfully:
- Show that you believe education and homework are important. You can do this by establishing a regular time for homework, setting goals with your child, picking a place where there are minimal distractions, and providing supplies that they may need to complete the assignment.
- Provide guidance. You can provide guidance without doing the assignment yourself! Help your child get organized and keep track of their upcoming assignments, teach them how to manage the time they have to complete assignments, give them practice tests and praise them for their accomplishments big and small.
- Encourage your child to utilize the free homework resources that MCPS provides for all students. You can find the extensive list of the resources as well as descriptions of what they provide here.
- Work with your child’s teachers to resolve problems and overcome obstacles. Continuous communication with teachers is critical. Talk with each of your child’s teachers early in the school year before any problems arise. Be sure to attend the parent-teacher conference and the school’s open house to stay informed on your child’s progress. If you suspect that your child may be having difficulties with homework or schoolwork in general, request a meeting with the teacher to map out a plan to solve the problem.