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Helping Your Child be Successful at School: Helping Your Child with Homework

Homework-photoBy Tracy Andryc
Executive Assistant,
Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island

Homework is an important part of your child’s school day and can count for a large percent of his/her grade. It’s a parent’s job to make homework a priority during the school year. Children need support from their parents to develop good homework habits.

Here are some tips to help your child:

-    Give your child a nutritious snack when he/she gets home from school. Children can concentrate better when they aren’t hungry.

-    Provide a quiet place, free from distractions like television, radio or video games.

-    Have your child work on homework soon after getting home while he/she is still in “school mode”.

-    If you notice that your child is struggling with one subject every day, contact his/her teacher.

-    Help your child be organized by providing a folder to bring homework to and from school in.

-    Discuss your child’s homework with them every day and help them think it through. Check your child’s homework for accuracy and neatness. Have your child correct the mistakes him/herself and recheck it for them.

Read the October newsletter from Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island for more ways to help your child be successful at school.

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Tracy Andryc is a mother of three and the executive assistant at Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island. She writes a monthly parenting newsletter called Parenting Rules! that covers a variety of parenting and child safety topics. Prevent Child Abuse RI is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of children in Rhode Island through awareness, education, and advocacy.

Photo courtesy of Prevent Child Abuse Rhode Island

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  • hear, hear katherine!I tell my kids to double check their answers, ask if THEY think it’s neat enough to hand in and that’s the end of it. Kids need to take ownership of their work and teachers do need to see what they have missed in class. Plus, I already went to 2nd and 5th grade…

  • Am I fooling myself that it’s OK for a kid to turn in homework that has errors? It seems like some teachers like to see what kids can do on their own. Maybe I just believe this out of laziness.