School Comments

School Comments By Pat Anderson Classroom Connections is an organization which links the national Middle School Association to middle level classrooms around the world. They have borrowed a checklist from the U.S. Department of Education which is designed to help parents help their child(ren) with homework.

I think there is some very good information that I would like to share.

Make sure your child has…

* a quiet place to work with good light

* a regular time each day for doing homework

* basic supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, markers and a ruler

* aids to good organization such as an assignment calender, book bag and folders

Questions to ask your child

* What was your assignment today?

* Is the assignment clear?

* When is it due?

* Do you need special re-sources (e.g., a trip to the library or access to a computer)?

* Do you need special supplies (e.g., graph paper or poster board)?

* Have you started today's assignment? Finished it?

* Is it a long term assignment (e.g., a term paper or science project)?

Other ways to help

* Look over your child's homework, but don't do the work!

* Meet the teachers and find out about the homework policy.

* Review comments on returned homework and discuss them with your child.

* Contact the teacher if there is a homework problem.

* Congratulate your child on a job well done.

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