Home Support for Parents/Guardians
This page will be updated with information to help bridge school-home connections.
- Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as student-led conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
- Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
- Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
- Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful)
- Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents/guardians can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
- Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
- Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their role models' examples than their advice.
- Praise their work and efforts. Post tests or art projects on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
- If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning styles.
THE POWER OF "YET"
What Is It?
We used to think that our intelligence was fixed - meaning we were either smart or we weren't. Scientists have proven again and again that simply is not true. Our brain acts like a muscle - the more we use it, the stronger (and smarter) our brain becomes.
Is Your Mindset Fixed?
A person with a fixed mindset may do these things:
- avoid challenges
- give up easily
- ignore feedback
- is threatened by other people's success
- try hard to appear as smart or capable as possible
Or is it a Growth Mindset?
A person with a growth mindset may do these things:
- embrace challenges
- give their best effort
- learn from feedback
- become inspired by other people's successes
- believe their intelligence can change if they work hard