Suggestions for Parents to Implement at Home
Create an incentive program. Have your child pick a goal or reward (i.e. extra time on computer, have a friend spend the night, etc.) to work toward. The child can earn a point, sticker, etc. every time:
- he/she has the correct assignment written in planner (this can be checked with the web pages),
- gets the teacher’s daily signature on the planner,
- brings the planner to the parent every night for the parent to sign,
- brings home the correct books/worksheets,
- gives good effort/quality during study time, etc.
Set a designated homework time every night and stick to it—no matter what. For example, the student will be working on homework from 4:00-5:30 PM every day. At this time your child needs to check his/her planner with each teacher’s homework web page before beginning the assignments. If the student has no homework, he/she will be making flashcards for upcoming tests, completing chapter reviews at the end of each chapter, taking on-line quizzes/practices with the on-line math book, etc. Have student decide what homework to start first: i.e. start with easiest, start with shortest assignment, etc.
Designate a quiet area. When possible, make sure the child will not be distracted during homework time. If the only quiet area is alone in his/her room, check on him/her frequently so that time in the room is being used wisely.
Set time limits if necessary. If your student is one who struggles with time management, set a timer/stopwatch so that the student knows he/she is to have the assignment completed neatly and correctly in a set amount of time. If this goal is reached, possibly add a point to the incentive plan.
Find different ways to learn/study. Ask your child what is his/her preferred learning style—visual, auditory, hands-on, etc. and implement this into study time. For example, if your child is an auditory learner, check the local library for a book on tape for the current class novel. If your child is visual, have him/her draw a picture representing vocabulary words; create games like Jeopardy, Spoons, etc.
Implement a “Backpack Check” every night. Explain to your child the importance of putting assignments into the correct folders and packing the backpack before going to bed. Trying to do this in the morning before catching the bus can be too hectic.
Encourage your student to ask for help and to participate in class. Most teachers have from 7:30-7:40 AM every morning to answer questions for the previous night’s homework. Some teachers also send home study tips for upcoming tests and may sometimes hold study sessions the day before a test.
Make sure parents know how to access grades on My CCS and check them at least once a week.
Sit down with your child to review grades weekly on My CCS. This gives ownership to your childand makes him/her aware of how one missing assignment or one late assignment can affect the overall grade. Encourage your child to show you the “late homework slips.” Granted, most children do not want to willingly admit they have a late paper, but the slips serve as “red flags” to parents that the child is struggling getting assignments finished or turned in on time. Help your child understand that turning in a late assignment for 20% off the earned grade is by far better than receiving a zero.
Tips for studying for a test:
- For math, students can take the on-line practice tests; work odd numbered problems out of each section in a chapter as the odd numbered answers are in the back of the text, complete the chapter review and chapter test at the end of each chapter.
- Do not wait to start studying on the evening before the test. Most teachers announce tests and quizzes several days in advance.
- Chunk the lessons to be tested into sections and study a little each night for a week prior to the test.
Example for math:
night 1 = study/work odd problems from first section
night 2 = review section 1, work odd problems from section 2
night 3 = review sections 1 & 2, work odd problems from 3rd section
night 4 = etc.
Example for science:
night 1 = study voc terms;
night 2 = review voc terms, practice answering why we have seasons
night 3 = review voc terms, review seasons, practice the moon phases,
night 4 = etc.
- Do not simply memorize vocabulary terms. Students need to know the vocabulary term well enough to give an example (i.e. for chemical change =they need to understand the term in order to give an example…a log goes through a chemical change when it is burned because it is no longer a log, but now ash)
- Draw pictures for voc definitions: for revolution draw a picture of the earth revolving around the sun
- For humanities and science, students can answer the review questions at the end of each section and can also take the chapter tests located in their texts at the end of each chapter.