1. Establish Study Time Norms

  • Designate a quiet space for study time
  • Establish a consistent, daily routine for studying
  • Eliminate distractions – noise. television, siblings or other distractors
  • Set high expectations for student work

2. Generate Discussion

  • Ask your child to tell you two things they learned that day
  • Read a book with your child and engage in a discussion about the theme or likes/dislikes
  • When possible relate life experiences to the curriculum
  • Use discussions and questions to encourage your child’s curiosity

3. Support the School

  • Ask the teacher what your child will be learning that year and how you can support learning at home. 
  • Review homework with your child – this will help you identify your child’s strengths and areas for growth
  • Ask the teacher about opportunities for enrichment and/or tutoring to help strengthen skills
  • Reinforce the school’s practices and procedures

4. Use an Agenda

  • Or shared calendar to list homework assignments and completion
  • To plan for assignment due dates
  • For ongoing communicate with the teacher
  • Establish balance – develop a system to prioritize your child’s schoolwork and extracurricular activities 

5. Seek Resources to Enhance Learning

  • Attend local cultural/sporting events
  • Learn about local resources (library, recreation center, historic sites) that encourage exploration and expand learning
  • Ask the teacher about online resources which may enrich student learning
  • Seek out volunteer opportunities for your child