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ERIC Number: ED498937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Helping Your Child With Homework: For Parents of Children in Elementary through Middle School. Revised
Paulu, Nancy; Lehr, Fran; Walne, Marina Balentine
US Department of Education
Research shows clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them. When family members read with their children, talk with their teachers, participate in school or other learning activities and help them with homework, they give children a tremendous advantage. Home work is important because it can improve children's thinking and memory. It can help them to develop positive study skills and habits that will serve them well throughout their lives. It can encourage them to use time well, to learn independently and to take responsibility for their work. Helping children with their homework benefits families as well. It can, for example, be a way for families to learn more about what their children are learning in school and an opportunity for them to communicate both with their children and with teachers and principals. This revised version of the booklet begins with an overview of why teachers assign homework, explains how homework helps children learn, and describes the right amount of homework for students. It continues by offering helpful suggestions parents can use to help monitor assignments, provide guidance, and presents ways parents can effectively share their concerns with teachers, and work toward solutions. The booklet concludes with a list of pertinent resources, federal sources of information for children with learning disabilities, and a checklist for helping with homework. [See ED468288 for earlier version of this booklet.]
US Department of Education. Available from: ED Pubs. P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: 877-433-7827; Fax: 301-470-1244; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A