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Helping with Homework
Children need to know that their parents and adults close to them think homework is important. There is a lot that you can do to show that you value education and homework.
Set a Regular Time.
Finding a regular time for homework helps children
finish assignments. Of course, a good schedule depends in part on your
child's age, as well as individual needs. For instance, one youngster
may work best in the afternoon after an hour of play, and another may
be more efficient after dinner (although late at night, when children
are tired, is seldom a good time).
Pick a Place.
A study area should have lots of light, supplies
close by, and be fairly quiet.
Turn off the television, iPods, cell phones and instant messaging and discourage social connections during homework time (a call to a classmate about an assignment may, however, be helpful). Some youngsters work well with quiet background music, but loud noise from the stereo or radio is not OK. One
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Provide Supplies and Identify Resources.
For starters, collect pencils, pens, erasers, writing paper, an assignment book, and a dictionary. Other things that might be helpful include glue, a stapler, paper clips, maps, a calculator, a pencil sharpener, tape, scissors, a ruler, index cards, a thesaurus, and an almanac. Keep these items together in one place if possible.
Set a Good Example.
Children are more likely to study if they see you reading, writing, and doing things that require thought and effort on your part. Talk with your child about what you're reading and writing even if it's something as simple as making the grocery list. Encourage activities that support learning--for example, educational games, library visits, walks in the neighborhood, trips to the zoo or museums, and chores that teach a sense of responsibility.
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