Supervising Your Child's Homework

Gisele Glosser

During the many conferences I have had over the years, homework is often mentioned as a troublesome area for parents and students alike. Here are some suggestions for supervising your child's homework, organized by category. These suggestions stem from my math teaching experience; however, most of them will work for other subject areas as well.

Expectations

checkmark-blue.gif??Set aside a specific time and place to do homework each day.

checkmark-blue.gif??Some children concentrate better with music or background noise.

checkmark-blue.gif??Define consequences for undone homework before it happens.

checkmark-blue.gif??You may want to create a homework contract with your child that clearly spells out rules.

Supervision

checkmark-blue.gif??Check your child's assignment book, planner, or agenda for assignments, projects and tests.

checkmark-blue.gif??Don't try to be an expert in every subject area. Just supervise.

checkmark-blue.gif??Encourage completeness of answers (full sentences, units of measure, etc.).

checkmark-blue.gif??Encourage labeling of homework with textbook page numbers, dates, etc.

Organization

checkmark-blue.gif??Schedule study time for tests well in advance.

checkmark-blue.gif??Plan out and start long-term projects well before they are due.

checkmark-blue.gif??Organize notebooks by subject and chronologically within a subject.

checkmark-blue.gif??Choose a set location for storing homework, books and supplies.

Absence

checkmark-blue.gif??Have your child choose a study buddy to work with.

checkmark-blue.gif??Make up assignments as soon as possible.

checkmark-blue.gif??If the absence is extended, notify the school.

checkmark-blue.gif??If a serious family emergency occurs, notify the school.

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