•Try to be available to answer any questions your child might have about the homework. If necessary, work a problem or two with your child, then watch as the child tries to complete the next one independently. Recognize your role as a parent is to provide help, not to do the work for them. Sometimes in our quest to help our children succeed, we can provide too much help and this can rob children of the feeling of accomplishment that comes with completing an important task.
•Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is and how homework can help them practice what they have learned. The positive attitude you express about homework will help your child have a positive attitude.
•Contact your child’s teacher(s) if your child consistently has problems completing the homework or refuses to do the homework. The teacher may be able to help you and your child turn the situation around so that homework is not a struggle for you or your child.
•The teacher is always your best resource when you have questions about what your children are learning in school. Contact them if you have any questions.
When parents get involved with their children’s homework, communication between the school and family can improve and student achievement can increase. Homework can also give parents firsthand knowledge of what their children are learning in school.
William Kirby is superintendent of Huber Heights Schools. Contact him at (937) 237-6300 or William. Kirby@huberheightscity