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Homework Tips

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  • stay in touch with teachers so you know what is going on at school
  • read the teacher's comments on graded assignments
  • make sure your child understands homework assignments
  • meet with the teacher early in the year before problems arise
  • cooperate with the teacher to work out a plan to solve any problems
  • follow up with teacher to make sure child is improving in weak areas


  • give your child the proper supplies to complete all assignments
  • understand and respect your child's style of learning
  • give your child a calendar or assignment book
  • give your child a book bag and folders to organize school supplies
  • color code each class -- blue for math, green for science, etc.
  • keep schoolwork in order with two-pocket pronged folders
  • left side for "assignments to complete"
  • right side for "homework to turn in"
  • middle prongs for schedules, supply lists, and reference


  • set aside a large work area where your child can spread out
  • make sure there is adequate lighting and a comfortable seat
  • locate your center away from noise and distractions
  • set up a box for supplies and stacking trays for extra paper
  • include a dictionary, thesaurus, and other convenient reference
  • dry erase or bulletin board for notes, reminders, and planning


  • set a timer to help your child stay on track
  • set aside scheduled time each day for homework
  • know what your child's homework assignments are
  • know how long each assignment should take
  • see that your child starts and completes his / her assignments
  • how to schedule and prioritize to get assignments done in time
  • play, TV, and friends only come after homework is completed
  • limit the number of extra-curricular activities at one time


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