Joint School District No. 2; Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Star

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Tools for Parents




  • Encouragement
    Give your child praise for efforts and for completing assignments.
  • Availability
    Encourage your child to do the work independently, but be available for assistance.
    Establish a set time to do homework each day. You may want to use a calendar to keep track of assignments and due dates.
  • Space
    Provide a space for homework, stocked with necessary supplies, such as pencils, pens, paper, dictionaries, a computer, and other reference materials.
  • Discipline
    Help your child focus on homework by removing distractions, such as television, radio, telephone, and interruptions from siblings and friends.
    Consider doing some of your work, such as paying bills or writing letters, during your child's homework time.
  • Support
    Talk to your child about difficulties with homework. Be willing to talk to your child's teacher to resolve problems in a positive manner.
  • Involvement
    Familiarize yourself with the the school's homework policy. Make sure that you and your child understand the teacher's expectations. At the beginning of the year, you may want to ask your child's teacher:
    • What kinds of assignments will you give?
    • How often do you give homework?
    • How much time are the students expected to spend on them?
    • What type of involvement do you expect from parents?





  • Responsibility
    Doing homework every day at the same time helps develop responsibility and prepares children for responsibilities they will face as adults.
  • Reinforcement
    Homework helps children understand that learning doesn't stop when the school bell rings.
  • Self-Esteem
    Children learn self-esteem by doing estimable things—completing homework assignments is estimable.
  • Accomplishment
    Taking pride in homework assignments helps children experience the satisfaction of a job well done.




  • Publications for Parents 
    Read about helping your child with everything from math to learning responsible behavior.
  • My Virtual Reference Desk 
    Visit the virtual reference desk to find help with homework and a variety of other subjects.
  • Ask an Expert 
    Email experts from a variety of subject areas who will answer your questions.
  • Ask Me Help Desk 
    Submit any question to Ask Me Help Desk and receive a personal Email answering your question for free.
  • Homework Central 
    Homework Central is one of the most comprehensive homework sites on the Web.
Last Modified 12/8/2009 10:47 AM