The Importance of Homework
The amount of homework your child does each night makes a difference in his/her grade point average. According to research, for every additional 30 minutes of homework a student does each night, his/her grade point average will increase half a point. Here are some suggestions on how parents can help with homework.
Homework Checklist for Parents
- Provide a quiet, well-lit space, away from distractions and with all the right study materials -- paper, pens and pencils, books, a dictionary, a desk, etc.
- Try to find a separate space for each of your children, or schedule quiet times for homework in designated spaces.
- Create a regular schedule, allowing for adequate study and free time.
- Limit TV time, and do not allow it during homework.
- When possible, be available to answer questions. Try doing a problem or two together, then watch as the child tries the next one.
- Avoid simply giving an answer. Instead, ask questions that let your child see the problem in smaller, sequential steps.
- At the Middle School and at the High School, students are provided a planner at the beginning of the year for writing down their assignments. When your student is finished, compare the homework and the planner to make sure everything is done.
- Review completed and graded assignments. Discuss errors to be sure your child understands the material.
- Share any concerns with your child teacher about the amount or type of homework assigned. Be sure to let them know if your children are having difficulty or are unable to do most of it by themselves.