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Special Education Process

Homework Tips: 

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.

AVOID CONFLICTS:  
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.