US Department of Education Recommendations

The Department of Education believes that parental involvement is critical and has issued a brochure including Tips for Parents.
Recommendations for parents include:

  • Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.
  • Make sure the materials your child needs are available.
  • Help your child with time management and development of good study habits.
  • Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
  • When your child does homework, you should do homework. Show your child that the skills they’re learning are related to things you do as an adult.
  • Follow teaching techniques consistent with your state school's curriculum, to avoid confusing the child.
  • Watch for signs of failure and frustration.
  • Reward progress in homework. When your child is successful and has worked hard, reinforce the positive effort by celebrating with a special event, such as a trip to a park or another favorite activity.

To learn more about other educational issues, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website.