Special Education Process
To assist students in tackling homework successfully
SET UP A STUDY AREA
QUIET: Noise can make it very hard to pay attention to schoolwork. Although soft music may be helpful for some people.
COMFORTABLE: See that there is plenty of writing space and a sturdy chair. Make the area as pleasant as possible - a place where your child will enjoy spending time.
WELL LIT: Good lighting is a must for reading.
PROPERLY SUPPLIED: Provide plenty of paper, pens and pencils. If possible, have a dictionary, atlas, markers, tape, a ruler, stapler etc…on hand. Have a place for schoolbooks, too!
SCHEDULE DAILY HOMEWORK TIMES
And, see that your child sticks to them!
CHOOSE THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME:
For example, students who are 10-14 years old usually do an hour a day - sometimes more.
Sports, clubs and other after school activities are important! But, while it's important to be flexible, your child's homework must not suffer.
BE ON HAND, IF POSSIBLE:
Try to schedule homework times when you can be around to give help or answer questions.
MORE GOOD TIPS FOR HOMEWORK
SET THE STAGE:
Remind your child when it's homework time.
DON'T TRY TO "TEACH":
Leave that to the teacher. But, if your child needs some help:
Go through the directions together.
Work on the first problem with your child. Then, let him or her finish.
ANSWER QUESTIONS, WHEN YOU CAN:
Also, help your child think about what he or she is studying by:
1. making comparisons
2. talking about new ideas
3. raising questions
POINT OUT RESOURCES:
If your child gets stuck, he or she can:
use a dictionary
check an atlas call a homework hotline, if one is available in your community
call a classmate
ask the teacher for extra help.
MOTIVATE YOUR CHILD
To do his or her best. Your words and actions make a difference.
GIVE LOTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
For example, you might say:
"What matters most is that you do your best."
"I know you're able to do it."
PRAISE YOUR CHILD OFTEN:
When your child does well, let him or her know it:
"You did a super job on your spelling words."
"I'm proud of you for studying so hard."
"I'm sure you feel good about it."
REWARDS CAN HELP, TOO:
Simple praise is often best. But, now and then a special treat after a hard lesson or project can go a long way. Make sure treats don't become bribes!
YOU, YOUR CHILD AND HOMEWORK by Channing L. Bete Co., Inc. South Deerfield, MA. 1993 edition.