Parent Update

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ALL ABOUT HOMEWORK

Why do they have homework anyway?

  • The purpose of homework is to help your child become a self-directed, independent learner. Homework reinforces academic skills, develops self-discipline, and teaches responsibility and the wise use of time. Your support and communication regarding homework is very important for your child’s academic development. If you feel there is a problem with the amount or type of homework assigned, please discuss it with your child’s teacher or principal.

    Parent Responsibilities
    You can help tremendously by providing your child a quiet, comfortable, well-lighted place to do homework, setting a regular “homework time,” assisting your child with assignments when needed, giving your child primary responsibility for completing homework, encouraging reading for both pleasure and information, communicating with the teacher if you observe problem areas, and most of all, praising your child for his/her efforts.

TAKING TESTS

You can assist your child prepare for testing by doing the following:

  1. Discuss the importance of testing.
  2. Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep before a test, and make sure your child eats properly the day of a test.
  3. Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts.
  4. Ensure that your child is present during testing (children
    perform better when taking tests in their groups rather than at a make-up time).
  5. If the test is of the kind subject to review (such as a spelling test), assist your child with practice.
  6. If your child is disappointed after taking a test, reassure him or her that there will be plenty of opportunities to improve and succeed.
  7. Wish your child good luck before he or she leaves for school.

Suggested Reading Activities:

1. Read to your child. Do it every day up through the early teens. Read from a wide variety of materials. (See Book Nook for suggested reading lists by grade level.)
2. Encourage writing. Encourage scribbling and pretend writing with young children. Have various writing materials available: paper, pencils, crayons.
3. Keep reading material in the house. Books, children's
magazines and newspapers can provide both entertainment and information. Make sure some are easy.
4. Help your child get a library card from the nearest public library. Exchange books weekly.
5. Read to your child. Do it every day up through the early teens. Read from a wide variety of materials. (See Book Nook for suggested reading lists by grade level.)
6. Encourage conversation. Talk about animals, family problems, the world, everything. Discuss your child's reading.
7. Control TV. Establish silent periods devoted just to reading. Watch shows about science and major events.
8. Model reading. Regularly read books, newspapers, magazines and let your child see you read.
9. Encourage your child to read aloud. Have him or her read to you and other children. Help with mistakes and adjust reading level if necessary.
10. Engage your child in informal educational activities. Visit zoos, museums and various interesting places. Encourage him or her to verbalize observations. (See Family Field Trips above.) Provide a lot of craft-type materials. Encourage your child to cook, paint, construct things out of blocks, Legos, clay.
11. Value school and learning. Visit your child's class. Talk to the teacher about reading progress. Praise academic achievement.