Advice for Parents
Beaufort County Public Library Homework Center
things you can do to help your child with homework:
you think that education and homework are important. Children
are more eager to do homework if they know their parents care that
it gets done. Set a regular time for homework. Pick a quiet place
to study with lots of light. Set a good example by reading and writing
yourself. Your child learns what things are important by watching
what you do. Encourage educational activities. Go on walks in the
neighborhood, trips to the zoo and encourage chores that teach responsibility.
Read with your young child. This activity stimulates interest in reading
and language, and lays the foundation for your child's becoming a
lifelong reader. take your child to the library and encourage him
or her to check out materials needed for homework. Talk about school
and learning activities. Attend school activities, such as parent-teacher
on your child's work. How
closely you watch over homework will depend on the age of your child,
how independent he or she is, and how well he or she does in school.
Ask what the teacher expects. At the start of the school year, find
out what kinds of assignments will be given and how the teacher wants
you involved. Check to see what assignments are started and finished
on time. If you aren't home when the homework is finished, look it
over when you get home. Monitor television viewing and other activities.
basic rule in helping with homework is, "Don't do the child's
homework yourself. It's not your homework -- it's your child's." Figure out how your child learns best. Knowing this makes it easier
for you to help your child. Encourage good study habits. Talk about
assignments and ask questions. This helps your child think through
an assignment and break it into small, workable parts. Give praise.
People of all ages like to be told when they have done a good job.
And give helpful criticism when your child hasn't done the best work,
so that he or she can improve.
with someone at school if problems come up. If
homework problems do arise, everyone needs to work together to resolve
them -- the school, teachers, parents and students. Call or meet with
the teacher. Believe that the school and the teacher want to help
you and your child.
This information is based
on "Helping Your Child with Homework", one of a number of booklets
for parents published by the U. S. Department of Education. Free copies
are available on a first-come basis from the National Library of Education,
County Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 || Telephone:
Fax: (843) 470-6542