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High-School Homework Checklist for Parents

  • Provide a quiet, well-lit space, away from distractions and with all the right study materials -- paper, pens and pencils, books, a dictionary, a desk, etc.

  • Try to find a separate space for each of your kids, or schedule quiet times for homework in designated spaces.
  • Help your kid get onto a regular schedule during the week that includes ample time each day for studying, exercise, eating, some socializing, and enough sleep.
  • Limit TV time, and do not allow it during homework.
  • When possible, be available to answer questions or just discuss what your kid is learning.
  • Ask your kid how she keeps track of assignments. You might buy her a special notebook, or a day planner. Show her how you keep track of your schedule, and model good organization for her.

  • See if the school has a homework hotline or a webpage (that lists your kid's assignments) and/or a homework helpline (assistance for your kid).
  • Ask your kid about assignments and tests on a daily basis. Show her that you are interested in what she is learning and in what she thinks. Don't wait until report card time to ask your kid how it's going.

  • Advocate for your kid at school, and build relationships with your kid's teachers and coaches.
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