Supervising Your Child's Homework

Gisele Glosser

During the many conferences I have had over the years, homework is often mentioned as a troublesome area for parents and students alike. Here are some suggestions for supervising your child's homework, organized by category. These suggestions stem from my math teaching experience; however, most of them will work for other subject areas as well.


checkmark-blue.gif  Set aside a specific time and place to do homework each day.

checkmark-blue.gif  Some children concentrate better with music or background noise.

checkmark-blue.gif  Define consequences for undone homework before it happens.

checkmark-blue.gif  You may want to create a homework contract with your child that clearly spells out rules.


checkmark-blue.gif  Check your child's assignment book, planner, or agenda for assignments, projects and tests.

checkmark-blue.gif  Don't try to be an expert in every subject area. Just supervise.

checkmark-blue.gif  Encourage completeness of answers (full sentences, units of measure, etc.).

checkmark-blue.gif  Encourage labeling of homework with textbook page numbers, dates, etc.


checkmark-blue.gif  Schedule study time for tests well in advance.

checkmark-blue.gif  Plan out and start long-term projects well before they are due.

checkmark-blue.gif  Organize notebooks by subject and chronologically within a subject.

checkmark-blue.gif  Choose a set location for storing homework, books and supplies.


checkmark-blue.gif  Have your child choose a study buddy to work with.

checkmark-blue.gif  Make up assignments as soon as possible.

checkmark-blue.gif  If the absence is extended, notify the school.

checkmark-blue.gif  If a serious family emergency occurs, notify the school.

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This article is by Gisele Glosser.