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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