Fall 2012 Homework Tips

Posted by Lori Goldman on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Under: Parenting
School has begun and parents hope their children will have a good year.  Here are tips about how to help your child to be the best he or she can be.
Homework Tips
A checklist for helping your child with homework:
  1.  Try to set aside a special, quiet place with good lighting for homework.
  2.  Keep basic supplies like paper, pencils, pens, markers, rulers, etc. in the work area.
  3.  Try to have a regular time each day to do homework.
  4.  Help your child use tools, like school planners, calendars, and folders.
  5.  When children are assigned larger projects that require a few days or weeks to complete, help them to schedule their time and break the assignment into manageable pieces.

Questions to ask your child:
What is today's homework/assignment?

Is the task clear? Do you understand what you have to do? If not, suggest calling a classmate.

When is the work due? If it is a major project, would it help to make a time line in your

Other ways to help:

  1.  Be positive, supportive, encouraging. Remember to look for areas of improvement.
  2.  Remember that it is your child's homework, not yours.
  3.  Let your child know that you have confidence in him/her. Remind him/her of past successes, perhaps in sports, music or other difficult homework assignments.
  4.  Show interest and praise him/her when he/she has done something well.
  5.  Try to make criticisms or suggestions in a helpful way.
  6.  Get to know the teacher early in the year, and find out about homework policies and expectations.
  7.  Call the teacher if there are homework problems or issues you can't resolve. Do it earlier, rather that later before it becomes a major issue.

Read more in the latest NEWSLETTER PDF

In : Parenting 

About Me

Lori in I got my Bachelor of Education degree in the USA but was born and raised in Canada. Working in Asia and with immigrant adults and children for 26 years has given me insights into the difficulties they face in a new country and school system. I like to help adults adjust to and explore the rich and diverse opportunities in Canada while also supporting them in their challenge of parenting in a new culture. I love to help children learn English, develop skills, and gain confidence to succeed in school and life.


“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning A lack of planning on your part does not constitute and emergency on my part. "Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." ~~John L. Beckley

Make a free website with Yola