Homework Help: Do’s and Don’ts
As the school year begins anew, kids across the country are becoming reacquainted with their old nemesis, homework. Some may not like it, but homework helps students sharpen their skills, retain the knowledge they acquire at school, and think independently. Almost all kids will need some kind of homework help during their academic career. This post covers how you can help out… without helping too much.
Don’t Do Their Homework
Never complete an assignment for your child, under any circumstances. Not only is it cheating, it teaches your child that they can call you in to rescue them. Instead, set them up for success by helping them stay organized and motivated. Ask about upcoming assignments and tests. Your child needs to know that you know – and care about – what’s going on in their academic life.
You don’t have to hover, but if you’re at home while your child does their homework, you can check in to ensure they’re giving it their full effort. As long as they spend a sufficient amount of time, without distractions, they should be okay. Don’t get hung up on checking answers – that’s the teacher’s job.