Helping your child without hurting your child
By Alan Haskvitz
One topic I consistently get asked about is homework. Not
everyone is an expert, and nothing makes a parent lose credibility
faster than helping a child only to find out the work was
done incorrectly. Note there is a fine, but distinct, line
between helping a child with homework and doing the work for
them. I recommend you download or order the free government
booklet listed below to help make good choices about homework
and ethics and to learn how much homework to expect.
In my classroom, students are assigned daily homework for
two reasons. First, it builds good time-management skills.
Secondly, it adds depth to the lessons and provides students
an opportunity to learn at their own rate. Always contact
the teacher directly if you have a question about homework.
A note is best, so you can be specific in your request and
the teacher can respond as time permits. For example, don't
say Johnnie is having trouble with his homework; explain exactly
what he is struggling with.
My final tip about homework is do not allow students to work
in their room with the door closed. The student must understand
you can drop in anytime to check progress on the assignment.
This is especially true if the student is on a computer connected
to the Internet. Once the child finishes the homework, ask
him or her to explain the assignment and what they learned
to you. Without this final step, the homework might not be
done properly or with enough depth.
As an aside, when a student leaves a computer, you should
have them tell you. By clicking on the history button, you
can review all the sites they visited. When they know you
do this, it eliminates a lot of problems. And if the history
has been erased, something is amiss, and the Internet connection
should be taken away immediately.
The following sites can provide additional homework help.
The first seven sites listed are the most important for parents.
They give advice about how to help students with homework,
understanding assignments, and using the Internet. They are
free, as are all my resources.
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Sites for Parents and Teachers
Your Child with Homework
For Parents of Elementary and Junior High School-Aged Children,
By Nancy Paulu
This is another good place to start.
Your Students With Homework -- A Guide for Teachers
Some Guidance for Parents
You should visit this site.
Child's Academic Success: Helping Your Child with Homework
This government booklet tells how parents can assist their
children with homework, and it includes a checklist.
Child's Academic Success: How to Help: Provide Guidance --
Helping Your Child With Homework
Homework, & Computers
for Parents - Tips for Parents on Internet Use
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Sites for students
The following Internet sites offer good homework help.
"This dictionary covers more than 28,000 notable men
and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to
the present day."
Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Done by a student for students
-- Online Homework Helpers
Homework help, science fair project ideas and more
- How Parents Can Help
From King County Library
Kids on the Web: Homework Tools
Info Homework Help
County Library Homework Center: Social Issues
Geographic Homework Help
Sites for Students - Elementary, Higher Ed Homework Help
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Math Homework Help
Has a Homework Helper to check your homework solutions
of Women Mathematicians
A flashcard maker
Mathematics WWW Virtual Library
Check out this site for improving homework performance by
using a game.
Provides guided solutions for the actual homework problems
in popular math textbooks; you can find help in algebra, geometry
Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles
Lab Science Education
A practice test site from Virginia
Info -- Mathematics
Find math help and more.
in the Movies
Math Worksheet Creator
Problems for Kids