Set a routine for homework. Allow your child to come home, have a snack, and a short break (20-30 minutes). Homework should be a priority, including reading time. Look at your child's homework and discuss it. Have them explain to you what they are supposed to do. Ask some questions and then allow your child to work independently. It is best if you are nearby so that they can get help when needed. Helping your child with their homework does not mean for you to do their homework. Helping with homework means clarifying, working through problems together, and asking your child questions to help them reach their own answer. As soon as your child is done their homework have them put it in their backpack, immediately. Once you have taught your child this habit you will not have to worry about stressful mornings looking for homework.
Reading should be a part of your daily routine. Reading time includes: your child reading independently, you reading to or with your child, and your child listening to books on CD and/or video, and your child reading out loud.
- Communicate with your child's teacher regularly.
- Attend all parent conferences.
- Tell your child's teacher if something stressful is happening in their life.
- Communicate with your child daily about their school experience (academically and socially).
- Ask questions and seek answers (through the teacher or your own research).
- Attend school events.