Asset No. 23 of 40 | Homework

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  Commitment to Learning

Homework | Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day.


  • Ask neighbors to include their areas of expertise (computers, math, English, arts) in a “homework helpers” list to distribute to students.  Then encourage students to call neighbors when they need specific help.
  • Sit near your children when they’re doing homework, and do work of your own: write a letter, pay bills, balance your checkbook, or read work-related material.  Continue this routine as children grow older.
  • Encourage children who participate in after-school childcare programs to do at least some of their homework there so that you have more family time in the evenings.
  • Encourage your children to form study groups with other students when appropriate.  Help them outline complex material, and teach them how to read and evaluate arguments with a critical eye.
  • When your children ask for help, provide guidance (but don’t give them all the answers right away).  Remember, children only need to do their best, not your best.

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