Guidelines For Parents & Students

Taken from the 13-14 Mohawk Area Elementary handbook.

For Students
  • Make certain that you have recorded your homework assignments correctly in your assignment book/planner.
  • Make certain that you have all the books and supplies needed to complete your homework before you leave the classroom at the end of the day.
  • Make certain you understand all tasks assigned to you.
  • At home, find a quiet, well-lit place to do your homework.
  • Set a regular time to do your homework assignments.
  • Keep a container of supplies near your homework area.
  • Have your parents check over your assignments and initial your assignment book/planner.
  • Plan your time wisely. Don’t leave all your work for the last night before a test or the night before an assignment is due.
  • Ask for help from a parent only if you need help. Do not expect your parent to do the homework assignments for you.

For Parents
  • Check your child’s assignment book/planner each evening to ensure that you are aware of the homework assignments and when they are due. Initial the agenda on a nightly basis. This will let the teacher know that you are aware of the homework and have made sure that it is completed.
  • Keep a ready supply of homework materials on hand for your child to use. A container holding pencils, erasers, crayons, glue, dictionary, etc. will be helpful.
  • Try to encourage a regular homework routine. Set a time suitable to both you and your child for the completion of homework tasks. Choose a quiet, well-lit place for your child to work.
  • Do not take over your child’s tasks. Oversee assignments, ask questions, offer suggestions but avoid doing the research or writing the solutions. Building independence and responsibility is crucial to a child’s academic growth.
  • Let your child know that homework is his/her job. Tell him/her you can help but you will not do the work.
  • Praise your child’s efforts.
  • Be positive about the task. Avoid negative comments that may affect your child’s attitude towards school or homework tasks.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher if you have a question or concern.