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Creating a study environment at home

Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework

  • Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going. You may want to consider using a library as a study space if it is hard to find a quiet place at home.


Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available

  • Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance. If information is needed, plan a trip to the library as soon as possible, or search the library's catalogue and other online resources from home.


Help your child with time management

  • Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.


Be positive about homework

  • Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.


When your child does homework, you do homework

  • Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child is reading, you may like to read too. If your child is doing mathematics, you may like to do a related activity such as paying your bills.


When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers

  • Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.


When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it

  • Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team.
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